04:00PM, Friday 05 June 2015
A team of four serving soldiers are preparing to tee off for a marathon round of golf in aid of charity.
WO2 Hedley 'Midge' Midgley, Capt Andy Jones, WO2 Craig 'Isaac' Newton and Sgt Mark Dryden from the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, stationed in Windsor, are playing in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
The battalion returned from a tour of Afghanistan in August and are preparing to deploy overseas again in September.
Between training and preparing for their next tour, the team has found time to organise a 'golfing marathon'.
This consists of playing four rounds of golf at four different courses in the Thames Valley, all under competition rules.
Team captain Hedley, 33, who joined the army when he was 16 years old, said: "There are a number of members of the battalion that have been affected by cancer, both directly and indirectly.
"We want to spread awareness of cancer in the area, and also the good work Macmillan is doing in the community."
The golfers will be walking more than 20 miles carrying all their equipment and will be hitting more than 300 golf balls each.
The team, who between them have served more than 80 years in the armed forces, are hoping to beat their fundraising target of £2,000.
They will be starting their challenge, which is part of Macmillan's Longest Day Golf Campaign, at 5am on June 17 and are scheduled to finish at about 10pm that day.
They will play at South Bucks Golf Course, Stoke Park Golf Course, Burnham Beeches Golf Course and Huntswood Golf Course.
Macmillan’s fundraising manager for East Berkshire, Natalie Hill, said: “Sadly the number of people being diagnosed with cancer is increasing every year and that means Macmillan’s support for people living with cancer is in more demand than ever.
“No one should have to face cancer alone and events like this help us be there for people cancer and their family when they need us most.”
Visit https://www.justgiving.com/Hedley-Midgley/ to support the soldiers.
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