Ingestre Park Golf Club to get ‘creatively charitable’ in 2021

20 Jan 2021   |   Michelle Baker

When it comes to charitable causes, golfers are renowned for their generosity, with millions being raised by golf clubs around the UK each year. Although many will be forgiven for scaling down their fundraising efforts this year due to the pandemic, one is planning on ways to make this one of their most successful fundraising years ever.

Ingestre Park Golf Club, the 18-hole club nestled in the heart of the Staffordshire countryside, will be supporting Melanoma Fund, the charity behind the Slip! Slap! Swing! sun protection campaign for golf. They will be joining forces to create a diary of events that keep club members involved, entertained and engaged, at a time when we all need something to smile about!

Lady captain, Kerry Darke, and club president, Margaret Kirby are determined to get the year off to a flying start, helping raise funds awareness of melanoma and other forms of skin cancer, an issue affecting many in golf, due to the highly reflective surfaces of a golf course, and time spent outside during the summer.

Says Kerry; “We have members who have suffered melanoma in the club, and we all know many more golfers who have been touched by all types of skin cancer, so it made complete sense to support the Melanoma Fund and their great campaign, which is really creating impact in the UK.

We will be working with the charity to generate some inventive fundraising events this year, quite different from our usual calendar of events. With many people of all ages communicating and socialising digitally, we will take advantage of this, utilising ideas that keep people smiling.”

Ingestre Park Golf Club is among the 300+ golf clubs already signed up to the Slip! Slap! Swing! campaign. By being Sun Protection Accredited, they have pledged to ensure that their members and visitors are made aware of the importance of sun protection, understand the facts, and have access to sunscreen if required.

Says Michelle Baker, CEO of the Melanoma Fund; “Although this year will be undoubtedly difficult, we see this as an opportunity to do things differently. Our aim is to work with the club to create some exciting ‘dates in the diary’ for members, all obviously within the realms of whatever restrictions are in place at the time.

We are also keen to help raise awareness to their members on the importance of sun protection and will do whatever we can to make this year a successful one for all. “

For further information on the Melanoma Fund and the Slip! Slap! Swing! campaign visit