Rothley Park golf club centenary year raises over £19,000 for MNDA

A varied and successful programme of charity events raised over £19,000 during Rothley Park Golf Club’s Centenary Year. Centenary Captains Keith McEwan and Lindsay Jelley were delighted to present the cheque recently to Janet MacMillan from the Motor Neurone Disease Association, their chosen charity.

Chief amongst the reasons for the club’s outstanding generosity was that a good friend of the club and 2009 Rothley Park Captain Bill Tyler was struck down with MND during his Captain’s year, yet still carried out all of his duties to the full.

A cheque for £19,166 being presented to MND

Centenary Gents Captain, Keith McEwan, a close friend of Bill’s, said he bore his dreadful illness with bravery, stoicism and humour:

“Bill was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2009 - many of us had never heard of it, let alone what its symptoms were, how it affected sufferers or how it impacted upon their loved ones. We hope that our donation can assist research to find a cure for this evil illness” said Keith.

“Sadly Bill passed away in 2011 but he will be fondly remembered by everyone at the club. His name appears on numerous honours boards, as well as the Club Captain’s board and a stand of white birch trees were planted in his memory, adjacent to the 18th fairway.”

The money was raised through a diverse and varied programme of events including the two Captains’ Days, a bridge supper, a fashion show, a recipe book, a silent auction and President’s Day, whilst a remarkable £8,500 was raised in a ‘1,000 Miles in a Day’ golf challenge, where teams took part in a double shotgun event, aimed at covering 1,000 miles around the golf course in a single day.

Image: A cheque for £19,166 being presented to MND’s Janet MacMillan, Past Gent’s Captain Keith McEwan and Past Lady Captain Lindsay Jelley