MacMillan longest day challenge raises £340,000

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The MacMillan Longest Day Challenge has so far raised £340,000 to help Macmillan Cancer Support provide life-changing services.

The Longest Day Challenge, backed by rugby star Martin Johnson, had 319 teams playing a mammoth four rounds of golf in just one day.

Four teams were lucky enough to qualify for the finals at the luxury Boavista Golf Resort, Lagos, Portugal.

The finals, held on the 11-13 October 2009 courtesy of Boavista Golf Resort, Today's Golfer and Gold World, were a closely contested final but in the end it was the London Nomads 2 who triumphed - raising over £11,833.

Chris Atkinson, Captain of London Nomads 2 and LDGC 2009 champion, says:
"Macmillan's Longest Day Golf Challenge is a fabulous event. We started with a 4am tee-off in deepest, darkest Kent culminating in the final in sunny Portugal.

"Our team felt truly privileged to be part of such an important fundraising event. Just knowing that every hole played helped raise more money for such a worthwhile cause really spurred us on."

Macmillan hopes the popular golfing challenge supported by Today's Golfer and Golf World, will ultimately raise more than £350,000 this year to help provide the expert care and emotional support that makes a real difference to people affected by cancer.

Event organiser Ian Lulham says: "Macmillan would like to thank Boavista Golf Resort for their fantastic hospitality during the finals, it was a great way to reward our top fundraisers from the Longest Day Golf Challenge 2009.

"This year has been a huge success and we're already receiving enquiries about next year's challenge!"

For more information about the event please see www.macmillan.org.uk/golf or email: golf@macmillan.org.uk.