What it’s like to take part

People playing golf

Playing four rounds of golf in a day is going to be one amazing experience. Especially as you’re helping people with cancer and may know someone who’s been helped by Macmillan. But don’t just take our word for it – here’s what a hero who’s done it had to say…

“We were like 10-year olds on Christmas morning – just couldn’t wait. When we finished, the other guys piled on top of me in an exhausted but happy heap. The sense of achievement once you’ve challenged yourself like that and actually done it is better than anything you can buy.”.

- Giovanni, participant from last year.
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Why we gave it our best shot

Giovanni says, ‘I’d just started playing golf with my cousin and nephews once a month, then my mother was diagnosed with non-hodgkins lymphoma. She was seriously ill but got support from Macmillan at the hospital. Then I got a Facebook post about the Longest Day Golf Challenge. I put it forward to the lads and within five minutes they were up for it.’

Giovanni’s Mum had a personal experience of Macmillan

“Macmillan gave her support with managing her pain and her diet and gave general advice about things like needing extra heating during treatment. She also had her feet massaged. They were teaching her she could still live with cancer.”

Best things about the Longest Day Golf Challenge

We had a dinner after which my Mum came to and as a surprise, one of my team mates Gio – who’s a welder – presented some trophies to us which featured our pin badges. The whole pub – even the people who weren’t involved in the event – stood up and gave us a round of applause.’

Top tips

‘Change your socks, and shoes, even if they’re good. We changed our shirts also. Don’t stop too long between rounds – you’ll never get going again! And definitely think of the person or people you’re doing it for.’

Epic fundraising for a great cause

‘It was really important to me to make a big difference, it wasn’t good enough to raise just a few quid. It was a proper challenge we took on, after all. My company matched whatever I raised, that gave me a boost. When the big donations started coming in, I was speechless. I’m very proud of what we achieved. I used to be a mechanic – and I also used to fix things around the house and for my kids and stuff. Unfortunately, the only thing I couldn’t fix was my Mum. Doing this challenge was something I could do.’