Son on par to help staff treating dad

Pictured (L-R) are Nathan Beresforde and Aiden Willis.
Pictured (L-R) are Nathan Beresforde and Aiden Willis.

A BIG-HEARTED teenager is teeing up for a marathon golf challenge to raise money for Weston Park Hospital where his sporty dad is receiving treatment for cancer.

Nathan Beresforde, 18, of Doncaster Road, Barnburgh, and fellow golfing friend, Aiden Willis, 17, are setting themselves a goal to play 10 rounds of golf in one day, which will see them tee off at 4am.

The event, to be held at Hickleton Golf Club on August 7, will be a huge test of stamina as normally just one round of golf involves 18 holes and takes around four hours.

This is the second time the two friends have held their golfing challenge and they hope to get around 180 holes in just 18 hours.

Last year they raised £1500 for the Help for Heroes charity after completing a similar challenge.

This time they hope to raise more than £1000 for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity in Sheffield.

Nathan’s keen golfer dad Gary, 47, is currently undergoing treatment at the hospital after he was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus last summer.

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 for the second year running I knew I wanted to support Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

“We just want to raise as much money for the charity as we can and hope people will support us.”

Gary has been a member of the golf club for more than 30 years and has a handicap of three.

The talented sportsman, who used to run his own leisure equipment company, began taking son Nathan to the course when he was still a boy 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 Willis, was playing with my dad.”

Aiden, who attends Ridgewood School in Doncaster and has a handicap of six, added: “At last year’s event we did six rounds between 6am and 8pm.

“But this year it will feel a lot more personal as we are doing it for Gary and we will have friends and family cheering us on.”

Helen Gentle, fundraiser at Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, praised the two friends for taking on the epic challenge.

She said: “Nathan and Aiden’s unique fundraiser is a fantastic idea and just shows the number of ways people can support the cancer charity.

“We wish them the best of luck and would urge anyone who wishes to sponsor the pair to visit”