Paisley golfer raises £6,000 for charity in memory of mum

Family and friends have completed the Longest Golf Challenge as they helped raise over £6,000 for charity as they raised money in memory of mum who passed away from cancer.

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Alex Dillion, his son Callum and friends Iain Kennedy and Andrew Docherty all took part in the longest golf challenge to help raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support in memory of Alex’s mum, Susan Dillion who passed away from cancer in 2020.

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The group of golfers set off from Renfrew Golf Club at 6am, before moving onto Mar Hall Golf and Spa Resort.

Once they finished at Marr Hall, they took a trip to Erskine Golf Club before tackling their final leg of the challenge by playing at Ralston Golf Club, where they finished playing around 11pm.

The day consisted of playing 72 holes over four different golf courses which helped “keep them motivated” says Alex. In the end, the quad of golfers walked over 60,000 steps which is the equivalent of around 27/28 miles in one day.

Alex Dillon, son Calam, Iain Kennedy and Andrew Docherty all tackle the longest golf day in memory of Alex’s mum, Susan Dillion
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Speaking about the day as a whole, son of Susan Dillion, Alex, said: “It was emotional for me and my son Callam. However, we knew that it was for a good cause and doing it in memory of my mum was great as I know she would have been thrilled to see us enjoying it.

“In the end, we raised a total of around £6,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support which was amazing to reach. I can only thank family, friends and to all the people who donated to make us reach this final goal. Knowing what this money can do for people, I am glad that it will help provide some care for those that need it. “

Susan worked at her local Morrisons in Cardonald and was well loved by all the employees and customers who shopped there. The branch has pledged to match whatever Alex and his team raised and donate it to MacMilan as well, something that Alex described as a “wonderful gesture” along with Boots further donating £500 to the fundraiser too.

They had fun while raising the cash
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Alex admitted that at the start of the day it was emotional as they knew the significance of why they were doing the challenge, however, overall it was a great day out and one where they had a lot of fun. He praised the dedication and commitment from his group but also the work the golf clubs put in as they helped whenever they could.

All the golf clubs agreed to waive their tee fees, with some clubs allowing the group to use the facilities for lunch and showers.

Missed: Alex Dillon, 56, lost his mum Susan Dillon, 77, to cancer in September 2020

As they reached the end of the day, Alex admitted that it was more to do with pride finishing the challenge than anything else.

He explained: “When we got to the golf club that I am part of, Ralston, we were borderline knackered, however, we knew at that moment it was more to do with pride finishing the day and I am so glad that we did. It was a wonderful opportunity and one where I would love to do it again.

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Daily Record – Paisley