Doncaster pair get into swing of fundraising

Aidan Willis, 17 from Sprotbrough (left) and Nathan Beresforde, 18, from Barnburgh who played 10 rounds in a day at Hickleton Golf Club to raise money for Weston Park Hospital.
Aidan Willis, 17 from Sprotbrough (left) and Nathan Beresforde, 18, from Barnburgh who played 10 rounds in a day at Hickleton Golf Club to raise money for Weston Park Hospital.
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blisters, aching muscles and more than £5,000 - that was the reward for Doncaster teenager Nathan Beresforde when he finished a marathon stint on the golf course to raise money for a cancer charity.

The 18-year-old and his friend Aiden Willis, completed 18 rounds of Hickleton Golf Course in one day - and spent the following day in bed.

Nathan, of Barnburgh, said: “I had 11 blisters and couldn’t straighten my leg at the end of the day. We both needed sports massages because we were aching so much.”

Nathan and fellow golfer, Aiden, aged 17, from Sprotbrough, teed off at 4am and played until dusk.

They were raising money in aid of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, where Nathan’s 47-year-old dad, Gary, is being treated.

The event was a huge test of stamina as normally just one round of golf involves 18 holes and takes about four hours.

Nathan said: “We had a pedometer, so I know we did 110 miles between us and used 17,000 calories. 
“I finished at 7.45pm because of my blisters but Aiden went on till 9.15pm, he did brilliantly.

“A round normally takes four hours, but we did ours in about an hour-and-a-half. We kept score, but we didn’t do very well because we were taking quick shots, it was a bit frenetic.

“It’s brilliant to have raised so much. We set a target of £2,000, but I think we’ve reached between £5,000 and £6,000.

“We must have collected £500 in cash from other golfers on the course.”

Nathan’s dad was a keen golfer until his illness and has been a member of the golf club for more than 30 years, playing off a handicap of three.

The talented sportsman, who ran his own leisure equipment company, began taking Nathan, a student at Ackworth School in Pontefract, to the course when he was at primary school.

Nathan, whose mum, Jane, joined them for some of the rounds, said: “In the summer holidays Aiden and I usually play golf four times a week but we need a rest now.”

The charity needs to raise £1.6 million this year to continue supporting pioneering cancer research and improve cancer treatments and care.

Log on to www.justgiving.com/nathanberesforde to make a donation in support of Nathan and Aiden’s effort.

n The aches and pains were forgotten when Nathan collected his A-level results and was given a place to study economics at York University.