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Captain's Page 2014

The Brain Tumor Charity

Alan Tolley's Captain's Page 2014

Raising money for The Brain Tumour Charity

The Brain Tumour Charity is the UK’s largest dedicated brain tumour charity, committed to fighting brain tumours on all fronts. They fund scientific and clinical research into brain tumours and offer support and information to those affected, whilst raising awareness and influencing policy. Their aim is to improve understanding, diagnosis and treatment of brain tumours.

Alan Tolley, BUNGS Captain 2014 Alan Tolley, BUNGS Captain 2014

They have very strong links to the Midlands area, with the Chair of the Board of Trustees, Andy Foote living locally. Andy lost his son Joseph to a brain tumour when he was just 9 years old. In his lifetime, Joseph Foote became an inspiration and, through his courage and the love of his family, never gave up. Because of him, millions of pounds continue to be raised for brain tumour research which will improve and ultimately save the lives of others who will never meet the boy who helps them.

Let’s face it, most of us will know someone has died from cancer but how many of you are aware that a brain tumour prematurely took the life of musicians such as Bob Marley and George Harrison, and from the football world, ‘crazy horse’ Emlyn Hughes and, of course, the irrepressible Bobby Robson.

How fitting though, that in our first outing of the year at Kilworth Springs we will be playing for a trophy named after perhaps the most charismatic golfer to have ever lived so my charity year will kick off in the best possible way by honouring the late, great Seve Ballesteros who himself died of a brain tumour in 2011 at the age of 54.

In short, the facts are:
- Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40.
- Just 14% of adults survive for five years after diagnosis.
- Over £500 million is spent on cancer research in the UK every year, yet less than 2% is spent on brain tumours.

The aim of the Brain Tumour Charity is to improve these statistics dramatically and they can only do this with support from individuals and groups like ourselves.

I hope it’s a great year on the golf course for everyone but, at the same time, let’s try and raise as much money as we can towards such a deserving charity.

Thank you

Alan Tolley
BUNGS Captain 2014


Captain's Charity Auction

To raise some additional money for the Brain Tumour Charity, we are holding a charity auction for some sport related items. Bids can be accepted from now until the Maxstoke Park golf day on 11th December. Anyone wanting to bid on an item (you don't have to be a society member), please send through your maximum bid to Steve (  and he will 'proxy bid' for you.

Bidding will increase in £2.50 increments for each item.

Auction Lot 1
Signed Birmingham City FC shirt, in frame, 79 x 60cm (or 24 x 31inches)

Winning Bid: £37.50 (Anthony Jackson)

Auction Lot 2
Limited Edition print of Villa Park 1992 (prior to redevelopment) : Aston Villa v Sheffield Wednesday - facsimile signatures of players and some managers. In dark brown frame 73 x 52cm (20 x 28 inches)

Winning Bid: £40.00 (Phil Latham)

Auction Lot 3
Official Programme for last ever Leicester City FC game at Flibert Street. Commemorating 111 years of football at Filbert Street. Game was Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur

Winning Bid: £12.50 (James Shipman)

Auction Lot 4
For all you would-be Bundesliga supporters out there, how about a nice Borussia Dortmund FC cap?

Winning Bid: £30.00 (Mark Johnson)

Auction Lot 5
"Is there a golfer in the family ? What about this selection of 5 golfing books - ideal as Xmas stocking fillers"

Winning Bid: £25.00 (Stewart Fairweather)

Auction Lot 6
Signed Derby County Football Club Football

Winning Bid: £72.50 (Wayne Conlon)

Auction Lot 7
Two vouchers with each giving two complimetary seats to a Derby County home game during the 2014/15 season (bronze or silver fixtures only).

Winning Bid: £47.50 (Neil Preston)

Current Charity Total for 2014

Kilworth Springs Golf Day - 7th March 2014 £84.00
20th Anniversary Trip - 16th & 17th March 2014 £160.00
Wharton Park Golf Day - 4th April 2014 £54.00
Edgbaston Golf Day - 2nd May 2014 £81.00
Moor Hall Golf Day - 4th June 2014 £40.00
Southport  Tour - 28th June to 1st July 2014 £160.00
Astbury Hall  Golf Day - 24th July 2014 £47.00
Moor Hall Golf Day (rearranged event) - 20th August 2014 £52.50
Shifnal Golf Day - 29th August 2014 £61.70
Kings Norton Golf Day - 26th September 2014 £340.00
Birstall Golf Day - 24th October 2014 £82.00
Woodhall Spa Trip - 14th & 15th November 2014 £120.00
Maxstoke Park Golf Day - 11th December 2014 £69.00
Profit from Grand National Sweepstake £100.00
Profit from World Cup Competition £105.00
Charity auction at Maxstoke Park £265.00
Other donations throughout the year £164.00
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