Local Charity Golf Day Success
On June 1st local businesses and members from the community gathered to take part in a charity golf day at Sand Martins golf course in Finchampstead. A total of £12,277 was raised to be split between The Bone Cancer Research Trust and The Oxford Hospitals Charity, in memory of Tom Stead. Tom, 19, passed away after battling osteosarcoma (a form of bone cancer), which is most common in teenagers and young adults.
Earlier this year, Toms’ parents started a fundraising campaign in his memory to raise £100,000 over the coming years to help push forward the research into bone cancer and to also help support those who are affected by the disease.
Teams of 4 gathered in the morning for a 7:15am breakfast before the competitions began with an 18 hole shotgun start at 8:30am. Many competitions took place throughout the day including a team stableford, individual best net score, and a beat the pro hole. Later on in the day a raffle & auction were held by comedian Russ Williams.
Representing Legal & General Homes Communities were two teams. The first team ( Kevin Gaston, Matt Richardson, Tim Eaton and Andy Dicker) placed 15th out of the 22 teams playing on the day. The second team (Ross Davidson Site Manager on Buckler’s Park, and 3 Buxted employees who are also appointed on the site) missed out on the top spot by one point and placed second overall with a score of 85.
Graham Stead who organised the fundraiser in loving memory of his son commented “Tom passed his driving test whilst feeling really unwell with chemo, he sat his first year A-Level exams in hospital, he captained the junior section of his golf club as best he could to name a few achievements during his illness. He was an inspiration to us all. We are absolutely blown away by that figure. That takes the grand total from all fundraising to a little short of £62,000 so well on the way to our £100,000 target which we thought would take 5 years plus. Raising funds is important and really does make a massive difference to charities like Bone Cancer Research Trust (www.bcrt.org.uk) and Kamrans Ward at the John Radcliffe (https://www.ouh.nhs.uk/charity/). Equally important is raising awareness. The early symptoms of Osteosarcoma and other bone cancers are so easily confused with sports injuries or growing pains that the opportunity of early diagnosis is so often missed. Thanks again for helping us to remember and celebrate Tom with such a fantastic day.”