By Linda Foo Guest
GOLFERS from a Wirral club marking its 100th anniversary celebrated earning almost £2,000 for charity at a farewell dinner for the outgoing captain.
Bidston Golf Club held the evening in honour of Steve Jones, who has held the captain’s post during the club’s centenary year.
On the night Steve presented £1,810 to Dorothy Beattie, who is the founder of the Melanie Beattie Appeal.
Dorothy set up the charity in memory of her daughter Melanie, a former patient at Clatterbridge who received treatment for cancer in 2003.
She was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour and was admitted to Clatterbridge Oncology Centre. Melanie died, aged just 23, later that year.
The Melanie Beattie Appeal raises money to purchase medical equipment for Clatterbridge hospital to improve facilities and treatment for cancer patients.
Steve said: “The money was raised during my year as captain and the Melanie Beattie Appeal was my nominated charity.
“The charity raises money to support patients suffering from cancer at Clatterbridge Hospital, and all money raised goes to the charity.
“In the past they have bought chemo cars that take chemotherapy to the patients' homes, specialist beds, built a conservatory at Clatterbridge for the patients and their families to relax in, and ice caps, as well as supporting the teenage cancer section.”
Steve hands over his captaincy baton on March 20 to John Smith, and Val Nielsen takes over the ladies’ captaincy from Mrs Ann Bennock.
Steve added: “I have got mixed feelings, it has been a great year. It began with snow but then we had a beautiful summer. All the members have been very supportive with social events throughout the year as part of our centenary.
“My highlights have been the gala ball at Leasowe Castle with over 200 guests, including captains from other clubs.
“My other highlight was the captaincy farewell dinner at the golf club, with entertainment from Tom Spence.
“Once John becomes our new captain I then become immediate past captain, and my role will be to look after him. I wish him well.”