ONE of Cumberwell Park Golf Club’s seniors section members has walked 333 miles in May to raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease research.

Mike Cooling, 80, took up the challenge after one of the club’s seniors members, John Dunford, died from the incurable disease which affects the brain and nerves.

The Royal Air Force veteran was supported by his wife Kay, who walked 200 of the 300 miles with him.

The club’s seniors section captain Peter Palframan made MND his charity for his year and Mike pledged to walk 300 miles in May with a target to raise £2,000. So far, he has raised more than £1,600.

Mr Cooling, of Bradford Road, Winsley, completed the epic walk despite suffering from osteoarthritis in his back and having had a hip replacement.

He said: “I have always been keen on maintaining a high degree of fitness and played a lot of sport in my youth.

“It’s amazing how much fitter you can get by walking. I can go up hills without getting out of breath.”

Mr Palframan said: “His achievement is phenomenal, especially for his age of 80 and suffering from osteoarthritis in his back.”

Mr Cooling added: “The seniors section at Cumberwell Golf Club already raises funds for the charity each year with a five-round competition for the John Dunford Memorial Trophy in memory of John, a seniors member whose life was taken much too early by this dreadful disease.”

On August 10, Mr Palframan is organising a Charity Golf Day in support of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

If your organisation or company would like to sponsor a golf hole on the day, for £100 (or more) and advertise yourselves by providing Marketing Banners or Flags your support would be most welcome.If you wish to support the event with sponsorship or donations please contact Peter Palframan by emailing Mercedes (Bath) are already sponsoring the 18th hole and providing a quality Mercedes car for anyone who achieves a Hole in One on the 16th Hole.

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