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Alan Igglesden was diagnosed with a brain tumour will host charity golf day at Westerham Golf Club

ByAnnabel Rusbridge-Thomas

Former England cricketer, Alan Igglesden, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 1999, is hosting his 11th charity golf day at Westerham Golf Club this week.

Organised by his brother Kevin, the all day event on Friday will raim to raise money for vital brain tumour research and to increase awareness. 

It will include 18 holes of golf as well as beath the Pro, longest drive and yellow ball competitions.

Ed Giddins, Kevin Igglesden, Phil ‘Tuffers’ Tufnell and Paul Norris
Ed Giddins, Kevin Igglesden, Phil ‘Tuffers’ Tufnell and Paul Norris

Since Alan, who is a Patron of The Brain Tumour Charity, was diagnosed with a brain tumour he and Kevin have been striving to raise much needed funds to support the charity, arranging annual golf days and celebrity cricket matches.

Their fundraising events have totalled over £150,000 over the past 11 years with last year's golf day raising £12,500.

Phill Tufnell, also a patron of the charity, 21-year-old Kent player Sam Billing who is tipped to win an England cup and a number of other cricket stars will also attend.

In the evening guests will be able to enjoy a three course dinner with a prize giving presentation. There will also be an auction and raffle with proceeds going directly to The Brain Tumour Charity.

“Alan being my older brother was some what of a hero of mine. We were always brought up to be best friends by our parents" - Kevin Igglesden

Kevin said: “Alan being my older brother was some what of a hero of mine. We were always brought up to be best friends by our parents.

"Watching Alan become a professional cricketer was fantastic; I became his biggest fan, following him all over the world.

"After the devastating news in 1999, we started to raise funds through what we thought would be a one off day.

“Over the years it has grown and grown. I will keep striving for valuable funds to help my hero and other people’s heroes.

“Hopefully this year will be a success and it will be an extra special night as we’re also celebrating Alan’s 50 birthday.”

The Brain Tumour Charity is at the forefront of the fight to defeat brain tumours.

The event was also held last year at Westerham Golf Club
The event was also held last year at Westerham Golf Club

Louise Taylor, the Brain Tumour Charity’s director of fundraising, said: We are so grateful to Kevin and Alan for their continuous support. We receive no government funding and so rely 100% on voluntary donations.

“Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of the under 40s and survival rates have not improved over the last 40 years.

“With the help of our fundraisers we can change these shocking statistics in the future and bring hope to the thousands of people who are diagnosed with a brain tumour every year.”

The Charity are fighting brain tumours on all fronts, fundingresearch to increase survival and improve treatment option as well as raising awareness of the symptoms of brain tumours to bring about earlier diagnosis.

This year's Golf Day is now full; however there are limited tickets still available for dinner guests only at £32.50 per person.

To book a place or make a contribution email iggygolfday@googlemail.com.

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