FIVE lady members of Crail Golfing Society have raised over £5,000 – and counting – for Rachel House children’s hospice in Kinross.
The five women raised the huge sum through a sponsored ‘Golfathon’, playing both the Crail golf courses twice in one day. On June 12 they started the 72 hole marathon at 5.30 a.m and did not finish until after 7.00 p.m. the same evening.
The ‘Golfathon’ was organised in memory of seven year old Ethan Allen – a junior member at Crail Golfing Society – who spent his last days in the Rachel House hospice. The hospice is one of only two in Scotland which provide palliative care to infants, children and young people with life shortening conditions.
“Ethan was an exceptionally promising golfing talent who joined our juniors aged just five,” said Crail Golfing Society vice captain Eric Morris. “He was very pleasant, cheerful and keen and in the short time before his illness took hold, he had amassed enough points to win the Order of Merit for his group. Although weak, he attended the prize giving and received his medal, which gave him great pleasure.
“He is sadly missed, but his memory will live on with the introduction of the Ethan Allen Memorial Trophy.”
The idea for the ‘Golfathon’ came from April Simpson, who was one of the participants in the four round challenge. She was joined by Kaye Vernon, Frances Hutchison, Brenda Clark and Elis Reekie. Originally hoping to raise £750, the five women have massively exceeded their target. Contributions have come from direct donations at Crail Golfing Society and through the just giving web site – www.justgiving.co.uk/crailgolfathon - which is still open.
April said: “At the end of our day, we were all pretty exhausted, but the encouragement we received was outstanding.
“We have been overwhelmed, not just by the incredible level of the donations, but also by the messages of support. The cause is one that has clearly touched a lot of people.”