They’ve got fundraising down to a tee!

Andrew Hill (left) and Les Dixon from "Do Golf" look on as Emma Collins works on her golf swing. Picture By FRANK REID
Andrew Hill (left) and Les Dixon from "Do Golf" look on as Emma Collins works on her golf swing. Picture By FRANK REID

A DETERMINED fundraiser is “going green” in the fight against kidney disease.

Emma Collins, who lives in Hartlepool, is the fundraising manager for Kidney Research UK and has come up with innovative ideas down the years to gather cash for the cause.

They have included walking the Great Wall of China, an open air movie night and a sponsored night at an Indian restaurant.

Now comes her latest venture which is a charity golf day on Thursday, July 26.

Teams of four people are being invited to apply for the 1pm event which will be held at Ramside Hall, in Durham City, starting with bacon sandwiches, coffee and tea.

Then comes the 18-hole round of golf which will have a shotgun start, which is where every team starts simultaneously from different holes.

Afterwards, a two-course meal awaits everyone who signs up.

Emma said: “We are looking for 20 teams, each paying £300 for teams of four people. It is going to be competitive and good value.”

The money will be used for general funds for Kidney Research UK and the event is being held with the help of Andrew Hill who runs the newly established company Do Golf.

He said: “Charities’ budgets are being stretched all the time.”

He said sponsored golf days such as the Kidney Research UK event were “important and could be highly profitable days”.

Emma added: “We are looking for a mix of companies as well as individuals. It could be friends and families.”

More than three million UK people are at risk of kidney disease and 90 per cent of people on the UK transplant list are waiting for a kidney. That’s around 7,000 people.

But 300 people a year die while waiting for a transplant.

Every hour someone is diagnosed with kidney cancer. Kidney Research UK has invested over £47m in research since 1985, through 30 centres of excellence.

Emma added: “Kidney disease prevalence is rising by about five per cent a year and we need to do something about it.”

But kidney disease is currently incurable which means support is needed to continue both research and to help people who need treatment and transplants.

For more information on how you can help, contact Emma by calling 07956 151755 or emailing emmacollins@kidneyresearchuk.org