Golfers wanted to tee off in love for special Katie of Kirton

Katie Clarke of Wyberton in whose memory an annual charity golf day will be taking place at Boston West Golf Club on Thursday, August 11, in aid of the Children's Brain Tumour Research Centre at the University of Nottingham.
Katie Clarke of Wyberton in whose memory an annual charity golf day will be taking place at Boston West Golf Club on Thursday, August 11, in aid of the Children's Brain Tumour Research Centre at the University of Nottingham.
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Amateur golfers across South Holland, Boston, Bourne and the Deepings are invited to tee off and help a Kirton couple remember their beloved daughter.

The 14th Katie Clarke Memorial Fund Charity Golf Day at Boston West Golf Club, Hubberts Bridge, on Thursday, August 11, is named after the daughter of Fred and Margaret Clarke who died in June 2000, aged just 24.

Katie, a languages graduate and employment consultant born in Wyberton, was diagnosed with two, separate brain tumours during the last five years of her life.

Since her death, Fred and Margaret have dedicated themselves to keeping their daughter’s name and memory alive by organising a charity golf day in aid of the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre (CBTRC) at Nottingham University.

Margaret said: “Katie was brave and she never moaned about her condition.

“Instead, she just took the whole thing in her stride and all she wanted was to be treated as no different to anyone else.

There are a lot of charities in this country like ours but it’s only the families who have a lost a child who know that your life will never be the same again

Fred and Margaret Clarke of Kirton

“It’s still a very big hole in our lives not having Katie with us, but the golf day is the biggest thing we do in her memory and we have tremendous support from people.

“As soon as each year’s event is over, people ask us for entries to play in the golf day the following year.”

Fred and Margaret are helped in organising the golf day every year by Boston West Golf Club’s marketing manager Michell Purnell-Luffman and last year, more than £2,200 was raised for the CBTRC.

Michelle said: “We are delighted to continue supporting this annual event as, through it, we are able to play a small part in keeping the memory of Katie alive and supporting what is such a worthwhile charity.

“The golf day raises such pivotal funds to continue the research work being carried out by the CBTRC team at the University of Nottingham and so it is the club’s privilege to be involved in some way with what could help so many children and families both now and in the future.”

Since the Katie Clarke Memorial Fund was set up just months after her death, an astonishing £95,000 has been raised so far through a variety of events, including donations, a charity bed push, birthday balls and the annual golf day.

Fred said: “There are a lot of charities in this country like ours but it’s only the families who have a lost a child who know that your life will never be the same again.”

Professor David Walker, co-director with Professor Richard Grundy of the CBTRC at Nottingham University, said: “We manage a research programme based on the needs of children who suffer from brain tumours like Katie.

“We have published research reports. organised trials of new treatments, explored ways to minimise injuries related to brain tumours and raised awareness of the symptoms leading to a speeding up of diagnosis for all children across the UK.

“The centre continues to work on behalf of the children and their families, with donations helping us by supporting staff salaries, buying equipment and materials for our research programme.

“We are constantly seeking to bring in additional research funds and the centre has, over the past years, tripled the value of donations we have received.”

Teams of four can enter the golf day by calling Boston West Golf Club on 01205 290670.

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