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3rd Jul, 2022

Golfing duo raise thousands for Warwick children's charity

GOLFING buddies have raised more than £7,500 for a local children’s charity after successfully completing a marathon game.

Pat Manning, from Warwick, and Bill Ryan, from Leamington, spent ten days walking to 35 golf courses across three counties.

Starting and finishing at Leamington & County Golf Club, they covered 160 miles and played a single hole of golf at each course.

They followed a route via Warwick, Kenilworth, Stoneleigh, Coventry, Sheldon, Solihull, Birmingham, Kings Norton, Bromsgrove, Droitwich, Worcester, Evesham, Welford, Bidford and Stratford.

Pat, 59, and Bill, 62, have almost doubled their original fund-raising target for nominated charity Molly Ollys, which supports children with life-limiting and terminal illness and their families.

Pat said: “This has been the most incredible experience, it has been enjoyable but tough and has stretched me in terms of stamina and resilience.

“We did have times when we had to dig deep when the going got tough but at no time did we consider giving up.”

Bill added: “On reflection this is one of the best challenges I have undertaken in terms of stamina, determination and endurance.

“When times got a little tough the one thing that kept me going was that we could not disappoint the people who had sponsored us and I could not let Rachel down and the wonderful work she and her team does.”

The pair were joined on the penultimate leg of their journey by fellow Leamington & County Golf Club member Neil Betheridge.

Molly Ollys was established in 2011 following the death of Rachel and Tim Ollerenshaw’s eight-year-old daughter Molly from a rare kidney cancer.

Rachel said: “Before they embarked on their challenge they took time to really understand the significance of the impact of our work and the potential impact they could have. As a result they went above and beyond and their achievement should be fully celebrated.

“Huge thanks to them both and all their support team who made it happen.”

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