Scottish Open Partnership raises £43,000 for young cancer patients

Professional golfers and fundraisers helped raise £43,000 for cancer support charity CLIC Sargent, during the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

Scottish Open Partnership raises £43,000 for young cancer patients

CLIC Sargent was chosen to be the official charity at the major competition, held from July 6 to 10 in Inverness.

A huge boost to the fundraising was provided by the Birdies for Good initiative. During the competition, every time the professionals made a birdie, eagle, £5 or £10 was donated directly to the official charity CLIC Sargent by Aberdeen Asset Management and Ballantine’s Scotch Whiskey.  

Throughout the four tournament days 1,428 birdies and 45 eagles were made, £15,180. Aberdeen Asset management and Ballantine’s Scotch whisky donated money each time a golfer scored a birdie, eagle or albatross. 

Before the competition began, the July 6 Pro-Am was renamed Tartan Wednesday, with spectators and players dressed in tartan. Raffle tickets were sold along with ribbons, in a day which saw £7,000 raised. 

Fundraisers manned a CLIC Sargent stand at the event, offering games for spectators to play and providing information about the support the charity provides.   

CLIC Sargent aims to be there from diagnosis onwards to be able to help support young cancer patients and their families in having to deal with all the impacts of cancer, treatment, and life after the treatment ends and in the worst cases bereavement. 

Kate Lee, Chief Executive of CLIC Sargent, said: “We are hugely grateful for the fantastic support we have been given at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. The brilliant fundraising total of £43,000 will make a tangible difference to the lives of young cancer patients.

“We work across Scotland and the rest of the UK with children and young people with cancer, aiming to be there for them and their families right from the point of diagnosis, providing practical, social and financial support through our many services such as social workers, play specialists, financial grants and our ‘Homes from Home’. 

“We are still not able to get our vital frontline services to every child and young person given the devastating news that they have cancer, but a fantastic fundraising event like this takes us one step closer.”   

Rachel Kirby-Rider, the Director of Fundraising for CLIC Sargent, said: "We can currently only provide support for two out of every three young cancer patients, and fundraising like this is another step towards our target of making it three out of three." 

Championship Director of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open Peter Adams said: "On behalf of the European tour, we are delighted to welcome ClIC Sargent on board as the official charity the 2016 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. 

“We are very keen to raise awareness of the great work this charity carries out locally in offering support to young people with cancer, and their families."