1,000 holes of golf and a big boost for blood charity

The ten golfers who took on the 100o holes in one day challenge at Alnmouth Village Golf Club. By Matty Henderson.
The ten golfers who took on the 100o holes in one day challenge at Alnmouth Village Golf Club. By Matty Henderson.

A charity golf challenge for an Alnwick baby with a rare blood condition left the players with sunburn and blistered feet, but delighted.

More than £7,000 was raised on Saturday as 10 golfers played 100 holes each at Alnmouth Village Golf Club.

The event was organised by Richie Campbell, whose daughter Evie has Diamond-Blackfan aneamia (DBA), which means she has to undergo blood transfusions every five weeks. It affects only around 600 to 700 people worldwide.

All the money raised on the day, as well as from a Just Giving page, which recently hit the £1,000 mark, is going to DBA-UK, the charity which supports those with the condition and their families.

Evie’s mum Rebecca Hole said: “It was a great day. The golfers didn’t get off until about 4.30am because of the fog, but they cracked on and finished ahead of schedule.

“They were fairly tired, quite a lot were sunburnt and had sore feet and blisters, but they were over the moon to do it for such a good cause.

“We are so happy we have made this amount of money for DBA and they can use it for research into cures.

“We feel so happy to know we are putting it into DBA because Evie has it, and it makes it feel so much better for us.

“Richie and myself want to thank everyone involved for making the day a great success and everyone who donated money.”

“It was very tough, everyone was shattered by the end,” said 30-year-old Richie.

“The support we had throughout was simply amazing, we could not have asked for better. It turned out a fantastic day.”

The day also featured a coffee morning with a bouncy castle and stalls, while a ticketed event for more than 100 people took place in the evening.

The National Blood Service was also in attendance on Saturday, as Evie relies on blood transfusions.

A number of people enrolled as donors and a lot of people also took away enrolment forms.

Rebecca added: “We wanted to make people aware of DBA, how rare it is and how important it is to give blood.”