What it’s like to take part

Playing four rounds of golf in a day is going to be one amazing experience. Especially when you’re helping people affected by cancer. But don’t take our word for it – here’s what the heroes who’ve done it say…

“12hrs 18 minutes, 72 holes, 355 strokes, 3 lost balls and a busted right ankle but it was worth it and I would do it all again today. Got clapped onto the 72nd green by my two children which was amazing”.

-Adam, Participant from last year.

Why we gave it our best shot

It was for my brother Andrew, who has terminal liver cancer. The fatigue caused by his treatment meant he couldn’t play golf – devastating news because it’s a huge part of our lives. But then he was told he could play a few holes, which was an amazing boost. Just the fact that he is playing the game he loves so much again is amazing.

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The Taz’s Fore Tops team. Real heroes and finalists, Longest Day Golf Challenge 2017. Simon (capt), Adam, Darren and Andrew (who cheered the team on from the UK as his baby was due).

So taking on the Challenge was important to us. And we heard so many stories about the amazing support Macmillan has given to people. Knowing Macmillan are there if we need them gives us great comfort.

How we rose to the Challenge

It was a military operation! We organized a 4 ball best ball golf tournament, a raffle and auction to boost our fundraising, plus we sold Macmillan balloons at £5 each for a Mulligan.

Over 200 people joined us for a disco and BBQ afterwards. In the end, we raised £19,000 - a testament to what people think of both Andrew and Macmillan.

Insider tips

Get as many people as you can involved. The support we had was unbelievable, we had so many donations not only of money but also time, people willing to offer their support as caddies or just to help with the event throughout the day.

Would you do it again?

Yes but what we hope we have done is encourage others to take the challenge and raise as much money as possible for Macmillan doing something we all enjoy. It was a really happy experience for us all. We didn’t once think ‘we can’t do this.’

“We did it. 72 holes of golf, 13hours, 42000 steps, Sunburn, 36km walked, God knows how many shots, well over £1200 raised, and lots and lots and lots of laughs”.

–Duncan, 2017 participant.