The Rushcliffe Golf Club prides itself on supporting charities. Each year the incoming Captains nominate their chosen charity(ies). Over the years a number of very worthy local and national charities have been helped to the sum of hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Each year we hold a Rushcliffe Charity Open in support of the Captains’ Charity(ies). If you wish to enter the please look on the Open Competitions page.
For 2019 the Captains’ Charity is Maggie’s Nottingham.
“Maggie’s Nottingham provides practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer, their family and friends. In the grounds of Nottingham City Hospital, Maggie’s is a warm and welcoming place where anyone affected by cancer can come for friendly and professional support on a drop-in basis, completely free of charge.”
In May 1993, Maggie Keswick Jencks was told that her breast cancer had returned and was given two to three months to live. She joined an advanced chemotherapy trial and lived for another 18 months. During that time, she and her husband Charles Jencks worked closely with her medical team, which included oncology nurse, Laura Lee, now Maggie’s Chief Executive, to develop a new approach to cancer care.
In order to live more positively with cancer, Maggie and Charles believed you needed information that would allow you to be an informed participant in your medical treatment, stress-reducing strategies, psychological support and the opportunity to meet other people in similar circumstances in a relaxed domestic atmosphere.
Maggie was determined that people should not “lose the joy of living in the fear of dying” and the day before she died in June 1995, she sat in her garden, face to the sun and said: “Aren’t we lucky?”
In November 1996, the first Maggie’s Centre opened in Edinburgh and what Maggie had planned became real. Maggie’s Nottingham centre opened in November 2011.
Maggie’s can be found at the City Hospital Campus, Gate 3, Hucknall Road, Nottingham NG5 1PH.
Lee Berridge (Men’s Captain) and Sue Maine (Lady Captain) commented that Maggie’s professional staff offer advice and support in a warm and welcoming environment. They provide free classes, workshops and events most week days, covering areas such as benefits advice, relaxation classes, sing for well-being and much much more which is all totally self funded.
Elizabeth Sudbury, Centre Fundraising Manager Maggie's Nottingham said "We are delighted to be working with the Rushcliffe Golf Club this year and together we aim to make the biggest difference possible to people living with cancer and their family and friends. Each year the support of our local community is vital because we rely on fundraising and voluntary donations to support the growing numbers of people who need us."