Muirfield charity golf day raises £42,000 for Leuchie

A golf fundraising event at Muirfield Golf Club has raised over £42,000 for national respite centre Leuchie House.

The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers hosted the golf day at the prestigious Muirfield course on 13 October, having nominated Leuchie House as their charity of the year for 2016. Sixteen teams of four from around the UK took part in the event which involved Leuchie Patron and former Scotland rugby captain, Gavin Hastings.

The event was organised by Leuchie House trustee and Muirfield member, Captain Paul Du Vivier, with longstanding club member Gilmour Thom, Gavin Hastings and Carol Yarrow.

Paul Du Vivier explains how the day came about: “The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers gives over the facilities of the Club and its wonderful course for a day every year to a charity of a member's choice. As a Trustee of Leuchie and a member of the Club, I asked the Committee to consider Leuchie, as soon as it became an independent charity in 2011, as their charity for 2016 - the next available opportunity. This was a great day for Leuchie and we are extremely grateful to the Club, its members and staff, for hosting us.”

Leuchie House CEO, Mairi O’Keefe said: “This is the highest figure ever raised at a single Leuchie House event and we’re thrilled at the result. We have to bring in through fundraising around half of the cost of every respite break we deliver at Leuchie. So this will go a long way in helping provide our essential service for people with MS, Parkinson’s and other long term conditions.

“The total raised is the result of the support and generosity of so many people. We’re very grateful to the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers for choosing Leuchie as their 2016 charity. A huge thank you is also due to event sponsors Badenoch and Co and McInroy & Wood Ltd, and to the many other businesses both local and further afield who donated fantastic prizes and helped make the day such a great success.”

The golf day centred around a Stableford competition with a shotgun start, with teams competing for luxury golf prizes donated by Nike. PGA professional and former Open and US Masters player Gordon Sherry put the teams through their paces with a Beat the Pro challenge on the 13th tee.

The competition was won by a team from Spaceright Europe Ltd who each received a leather golf bag.

The day also involved an auction, silent auction and raffle to raise more funds for Leuchie. Prizes included a unique golf club and signed note given to Gavin Hastings by comedian and golfing fan, Ronnie Corbett.

The event was rounded off by Leuchie House guest, Anna Cairns who spoke about her life, living with MS and what having breaks at Leuchie has meant to her over the past 10 years.