A TEENAGER is teeing up for a marathon golf challenge to raise money for the hospital where his sporty dad is receiving treatment for cancer.
Nathan Beresforde, aged 18, from Barnburgh, in Doncaster, and best friend and fellow golfer, Aiden Willis, 17, are setting themselves a goal to play 10 rounds of golf in one day.
Teeing off at 4am, they aim to raise money for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity in Sheffield.
The event will be a huge test of stamina as normally just one round of golf involves 18 holes and takes around four hours. The friends will be aiming to tackle 180 holes in around 18 hours.
Nathan and Aiden’s fundraiser will take place at Hickleton Golf Club in Doncaster on August 7.
They have been inspired to fundraise for Weston Park because Nathan’s dad Gary, 47, is currently receiving treatment at Weston Park Hospital. Gary has been a member of the golf club for more than 30 years and has a handicap of just three.
The talented sportsman, who ran his own leisure equipment company, began taking son Nathan to the course when he was at primary school.
Nathan said: “I remember being little and watching my dad play golf and from then on I knew I wanted to be just like him on the course.
“I joined Hickleton Golf Club when I was eight and became part of the junior team where I met Aiden, as his dad, Paul, was playing with my dad.”
The four formed a close bond and often met up on the green and at golfing events.
Last summer, however, Gary was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus.
Nathan said: “It was a complete shock, but then my dad began treatment at Weston Park Hospital where he has just started his second cycle of chemotherapy and is receiving great care.
“It’s all happened really quickly and so when we decided to do our golf challenge I knew I wanted to support Weston Park.”
The hospital is one of just four specialist cancer hospitals in England. It treats patients from all over South Yorkshire and is home to the only radiotherapy department in the region.
Aiden, from Ridgewood school in Doncaster, who has a handicap of six, said: “One round of golf can take up to four hours and we are hoping to do 10 rounds before sunset!
“It will feel very personal as we are doing it for Gary and we will have friends and family cheering us on.”
Nathan, who has a handicap of eight, added: “My mum Jane and sister Stephanie are very proud of our efforts and we hope to raise over £1,000 for Weston Park.”
The hospital needs to raise £1.6 million this year to continue to support pioneering cancer research, as well as helping to improve cancer treatments and care.
Helen Gentle, fundraiser at Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, said: “Nathan and Aiden’s unique fundraiser is a fantastic idea and just shows the number of ways people can support us. We wish them the best of luck and would urge anyone who wishes to sponsor the pair to visit http://www.justgiving.com/Nathan-Beresforde.”