Golf tournament to raise money for kids with cancer

by Rebecca Ryan

A charity golf tournament is taking place next week in aid of The James Gill Memorial Trust.

The charity was set up by James’ mum Geraldine and her family after her son James (20) passed away in May 2013 from a rare liver cancer. Since then his family have worked tirelessly to raise funds for charities helping people with cancer. 

Last year the family helped fundraise for a new family room in Our Lady’s Ward in the Mater Hospital. The new room is a place of comfort for patients and their families during difficult times and includes a kitchenette, sofas and beds for loved ones to stay.

This year’s tournament, now in its fourth year, will take place in The Grange Golf Club in Rathfarnham with proceeds going to St Luke’s hospital in Rathgar to help do up rooms provided for children receiving cancer treatment.

Geraldine Gill told Dublin Gazette she visited St Luke’s this summer and was blown away by the work they do.

“During the summer Declan and myself visited St. Luke’s and we got a tour off the place. We got to hear all the work they do there…

“We will be putting the money towards funding two rooms.

“One room is for people to stay in and the other is towards a room so the young children and teenagers can go to unwind and play games before going back to the hospital after their treatment.”

As well as a meal, raffle and music by local band Retro, there will be a cheque presentation of €30,000 to The Friends of St Luke’s from funds raised during the year by The James Gill Memorial Trust.

The James Gill Memorial Trust golf tournament takes place in The Grange Golf Course on Friday 25th October 2019.

For more information on getting involved, or if you are a business and would like to donate a prize for the raffle, see James Gill Memorial Trust on Facebook.

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