18 October 2023

More than £11,000 raised at golf day fundraiser

Inspirational fundraiser hosts charity golf gala as part of birthday goal in support of young people living through and beyond cancer.

An Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust flag outside beside the golf course on a sunny dayIn celebration of her 50th birthday, Liz Jackson MBE has set an ambitious goal of raising £50,000 for charity. We are thankful and delighted to have been chosen by Mrs Jackson as the beneficiary of the BCMS golf day at Donnington Valley Golf Course.

More than 60 people, from 15 businesses, took part on the day and together raised more than £11,000, which will help enable more young people to access the Trust’s post-treatment support.

Mrs Jackson said: “Our inaugural charity golf day in support of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust was a wonderful collaboration of our team and our partners.

“We’re especially grateful to sponsors Rathbones and Freeths, as well as Donnington Valley Golf for looking after us on the day.

“As a business we were inspired by a member of our team who put forward the charity based on how she’d seen them support a close friend, Macy, who as a young person experienced the support provided by the Trust throughout her cancer journey.

“Macy now volunteers for the charity and is an incredible ambassador. It’s fair to say we were all in awe by her story and her zest for life.”

Feeling like herself again

Macy will be a familiar face to many at the Trust, having been supported following her treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, and going on to volunteer on sailing and outdoor adventures, as well as representing the Trust at special events.

She attended the golf day along with Lindsay, Ella, and Megan from the Trust’s Fundraising team, and Martin Pluves, one of our Trustees.

Macy said: “I was first supported by the Trust 10 years ago, five years after my treatment finished. My confidence had hit rock bottom and I really didn’t know how to integrate back into ‘normal’ life.

A group photo of those who attended the event from the Trust, as well as host Liz Jackson

“Once I’d spent a week on my first sailing trip, I knew I wanted to come back the following years, because it was the first time in a long time where I felt like Macy, and not cancer called Macy.

“It was great to speak to volunteers who had also been young people with the Trust themselves, seeing that their post-treatment medical conditions and worries didn’t stop them from having a future. Seeing this made me so much more optimistic for the future.

“From this, as soon as I turned 18, I knew I wanted to become a volunteer, so I could help support and inspire more young people like myself.

“To be able to share my story and spread awareness about the Trust was an absolute delight on the BCMS charity golf day, and on behalf of the Trust I want to say thank you to BCMS along with their friends and partners for all the support.”