Leek Golf Club captain Andrew Baxter finished off his year in style, by handing over a magnificent cheque for £2,001.48 to Robert Garland (area manager for Cancer Research UK), and Pam McFadden who is the manager of the Leek branch of this Charity.

It was quite poignant really, as Pam is the widow of Stuart McFadden, a well-known Leek member who died suddenly earlier this year from cancer. Andrew himself was a cancer victim in 2012, having been diagnosed with esophageal cancer, the resultant surgery for which proved effective. He is hoping to get the ‘all clear’ in March 2017.

This amount of money was raised from various activities during Andrew’s captaincy year from various streams, including sponsorship for Captain’s Charity day, quizzes, ‘guess the weight of the leek’, and the generous support of the Leek Golf Club members and players.

Altogether the charity fund raised £5,501.48, of which £3,500.00 has already been handed over in the form of a state-of-the art wheelchair to a young girl called Meghan (below) who resides at Horton Lodge Special School in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Robert Garland outlined to Andrew the special work done by Cancer Research UK within the Christie’s facility in Manchester, and it was agreed that the £2,001.48 be allocated to that area of research in the future.

Research at the CRUK Manchester Institute spans the whole spectrum of cancer research, from programmes investigating the molecular and cellular basis of cancer, to those focused on translational research and the development of novel therapeutic approaches. The Institute works in close collaboration with The Christie and is a partner in the Manchester Cancer Research Centre.

Their aim is to gain a greater understanding of the fundamental basis of how cancer develops, and apply that knowledge to develop new diagnostic tests, potential treatments and better ways to predict the outcomes. They have first class translational research facilities to support current activities and develop into new areas such as molecular pathology.

Please support Leek Golf Club Captain’s Charity Day. Any cash raised makes a difference!

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