Golf event raises £80k for charity

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Cancer charity, Friends of ANCHOR, celebrated a record high fundraiser after raising a £80,000 at its annual Gala Golf Event.

Joined by 220 guests at the Gala Dinner at the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa, Friends of ANCHOR celebrated the 10th anniversary of the event which earlier in the day had seen 120 golfers taking part in the charity’s golf tournament at Inchmarlo Golf Club.

To mark the 10th anniversary of the event, Friends of ANCHOR announced the launch of a fundraising appeal for a critical piece of technology for the North-east that will revolutionise the way consultants prescribe cancer treatments for individual patients.

Named the ‘Aberdeen Gene-Machine’, the £500,000 “next-generation gene sequencing” equipment will empower doctors with a more accurate ability to predict which drugs will be successful in treating patients’ cancer on an individual basis.

Importantly, it will also help prevent cancer by testing inherited cancer gene links in the relatives of ANCHOR Unit patients.

To date, the University of Aberdeen and NHS Grampian have committed £250,000 to the equipment with Friends of ANCHOR committed to raising the remaining half needed in order to purchase the equipment.

Friends of ANCHOR chairman, James Milne, said: “We are absolutely overwhelmed by the level of support and generousity we received for the Gala Golf Event this year.

“To raise £80,000 towards our £250,000 target, in the first night of the appeal, has brought us a huge leap closer to bringing this crucial piece of equipment to the North-east.”

The 10th Friends of ANCHOR Gala Golf Event also marked the appointment of one of Scotland’s most prominent professional golfers, Richie Ramsay, as the official patron of the event.

Although he couldn’t be there in person this year, Richie Ramsay sent a special video message to the Gala Dinner audience as well as donating a 4-ball to play with him at Royal Aberdeen which fetched £1,700 after a heated bidding war.

The winning team to walk away with the coveted Friends of ANCHOR Gala Golf trophy this year was Specialist Cars. In second place was Richard Irvin Services, followed by the Craig Group, the official tournament sponsor, who came in third.

The Friends of ANCHOR fundraising manager said: “The Gala Golf Event was a fantastic day. Given the rainy conditions it did nothing to dampen the spirits of the golfers through the day.

“The success of the event was only made possible because of the tremendous support and generousity shown by all those involved.”