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Families and golfers’ efforts raise £3k for Evie’s journey

Evie Campbell accepts the cheque from event organiser Steve Miller, sponsor Kevin Murphy and golf club manager Daniel Harrison. Picture by Jane Coltman
Evie Campbell accepts the cheque from event organiser Steve Miller, sponsor Kevin Murphy and golf club manager Daniel Harrison. Picture by Jane Coltman

A family fun day and charity golf event in Alnwick raised more than £3,000 for a little girl’s battle with an extremely rare condition.

Organised by Steve Miller, of AA Taxis, the fund-raiser took place at Alnwick Castle Golf Club on May Day and raised a total of £3,335.60.

This year, all the proceeds are going to the Evie Campbell Fund. The five-year-old from Shilbottle, who goes to school in Alnwick, has the rare blood disorder Diamond-Blackfan anaemia (DBA) and needs a bone-marrow transplant.

As well as all the businesses who supported the event via sponsorship or through raffle prizes, Steve offered his thanks to Kevin Murphy, the main sponsor; Daniel Harrison, at the golf club, for use of the course and facilities and also his hard work in helping to arrange and put on a fantastic day; Mick Hindmarsh and all the catering staff at the golf club; all the golfers and their families for turning up and supporting the event, plus all the families that wentalong to support Evie’s DBA Journey.

Steve is also grateful to Dawn at Maisie’s Chocolate Parlour, from Berwick, who stood out in the cold and served people come what may; to Jimmy Slater and his son Carrington for the pirate ship bouncy castle; to the face-painter Pam, who travelled from near Beamish Museum, and was absolutely amazing; to David Diamond, aka Magic Mickey, who put on a fabulous kids’ magic show; to Alison Murphy, who braved the cold to take all the golfers’ food orders in preparation for them finishing their round of golf; and to two unnamed gentlemen who donated money to pay for the magician and face-painter.

In terms of the golf event, a Texas scramble, the winners were Shottons, followed by Wanna-bees in second and Edgy on the Greens in third.

The longest-drive prize went to Michael Nealings, while the closest-to-the-pin awards were won by Mark Joyce (hole two), Chris Waite (hole four), Dan Swordy (hole 15) and Kerry Shotton (hole 17).

The latter was a hole-in-one and Kerry, instead of offering a drink to everyone in the bar as is tradition, donated an extra £75 to the cause.

Steve added: “A massive thank-you to Richard, Rebecca, Evie and Erin (the Campbells) for all their support through to the event and hopefully there will be some good news in the near future.”