Scottish golfers put the ‘FUN’ into fundraising!

07.02.23 |   Michelle Baker

Having a golf club support the Melanoma Fund as their chosen charity ticks every box when it comes to our objectives.  When a golf club goes all out to have FUN, this really is the ‘cherry on the cake’, and something the ladies at Douglas Park Golf Club are obviously very good at.

We love nothing more than raising awareness of sun protection and the risk of skin cancer in golf. When we work with a golf club we aim to not only benefit their members but also spread our messages to a wider audience in sport. Raising funds also allows us to create and run our campaigns, and in this case, the Slip! Slap! Swing! sun protection campaign for golf.

Douglas Park Golf Club may be at the other end of the country to us, however, this did not stop Lady Captain, Shirley Back from selecting us as her club charity. Although we are a small charity, we work on a national basis, forming links with organisations right across the UK.

Say’s Shirley: “I chose the Melanoma Fund as I had heard good things about the charity’s work, and I was looking for a forward-thinking, proactive charity to support. I have been diagnosed with skin cancer twice and I knew a few of our lady members had also been touched by skin cancer during their lifetime, so it was an obvious choice.

Contrary to popular belief, the sun does shine in Scotland, and when it does it can catch you out, especially if it is accompanied by a stiff breeze, which can lead to sunburn. I really wanted to raise awareness of this, and the importance of being vigilant around cancer that is far too common in golfers.

Throughout 2022 we arranged some engaging, fun, and somewhat unusual charity events, all supported by the ladies’ section, with proceeds going to the Melanoma Fund. The first event was an 80’s disco-themed social evening. Lady members were invited to dress up and groove the night away, whilst raising funds for a great cause. Over 90 ladies attended, and a fabulous time was had by all.

The second event was my Lady Captains Day, with over 89 ladies teeing off in the Hawaiian-themed Tri-am event, which included some wildlife and some novelty holes. The final event was the ladies’ Christmas lunch, which over 100 ladies attended. As a result, I’m delighted to send £2,400 to the Melanoma Fund to help them keep up their good work.”

As a small charity, it is this type of fundraising that makes the most impact, creating awareness and bringing people together in a positive way. Not only will these funds help us keep our campaigns running, but they will also help us carry out events such as skin checks and awareness talks to help change perceptions of sun protection in sports.

Says Michelle Baker, CEO of the Melanoma Fund; “We do like to get really proactively involved with the golf clubs that support our work, however as Douglas Park is nearly 500 miles away, popping in for a visit was never going to be easy!

To have the club work on its own initiative to create such a great result whilst putting smiles on faces, is inspiring and brings joy to us. I would like to personally thank Shirley and all the lady members of Douglas Park for getting on with it and creating such a great outcome. We will be sending up some complementary sunscreen to ensure that when the sun IS out in Bearsden, there is no excuse for a sunburn!”

About the club:

Douglas Park Golf Club is a parkland golf course located in the north of Glasgow (just five miles from Glasgow City Centre) in the suburb of Bearsden. This is a welcoming, forward-thinking, modern golf club, which offers an excellent membership experience, no matter what the age or ability of our members. It has a vibrant junior golf coaching programme as well as being recognised for our ‘Get into Golf’ offering, specifically designed for those golfers who are looking to take up the game of golf.

About the Melanoma Fund

The charity is based in Kent and runs several national awareness campaigns targeting sports and outdoor recreation, including the Slip! Slap! Swing! sun protection campaign for golf. It is supported by every golf organisation in the UK and hundreds of golf clubs. For further details on accreditation click HERE.

If you are looking for a charity to support, and wish to know how to work the Melanoma Fund, or any of its campaigns, contact Michelle Baker at