Alan Tolley's Captain's Page 2014
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
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
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
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
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
(firstname.lastname@example.org) and he will 'proxy
bid' for you.
Bidding will increase in £2.50 increments for each item.
Signed Birmingham City FC shirt, in frame, 79 x 60cm (or 24
Winning Bid: £37.50 (Anthony Jackson)
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)
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)
For all you would-be Bundesliga supporters out there, how
about a nice Borussia Dortmund FC cap?
Winning Bid: £30.00 (Mark Johnson)
"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)
Signed Derby County Football Club Football
Winning Bid: £72.50 (Wayne Conlon)
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)