Charity of the month

Each month, we highlight a charity that the Beer52 team has recently lent support to. This issue covers Paul Nelson and Jed Mitchell t'ing off to raise funds and awareness for men's prostate cancer.

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Chosen by Paul Nelson (Craft Beer Advisor & Keyboard Team Captain) and Jed Mitchell (Customer Service Team Leader)

This month, Beer52’s charity allocation was made by Keyboard Customer Service heroes, Paul Nelson and Jed Mitchell. Jed usually leads this team, with Paul and Ferment contributor Kirsty Cleary flanking him on either side, as team captains; but on this occasion Paul took the lead, and recruited Jed to his team for The Big Golf Race, an event that raises money and awareness for prostate cancer. 

The Big Golf Race asks participants to gather sponsorship for either a marathon (4 rounds) or half marathon (2 rounds) with all funds being donated to Prostate Cancer UK. Our two champions, being avid golfers, took on the larger of the two events, playing the full 72 holes over 26 miles, in aid of the cause. The plan was originally to play at Paul’s local course, but the level of difficulty didn’t accommodate for the length of time the pair would be playing; with this being the case, they changed tact and played on Jed’s nearest course in Cowdenbeath, a lengthy drive from where Paul lives, in the Scottish Borders. The team T’d off at 6:45am on June 17th, and finished just before 9pm; “it was absolutely brutal” says Paul, Jed concurs that the weather was horrendous, with torrential rain hailing on the first two rounds - Paul had to change his clothes halfway through. Both are still stiff and sore when I speak to them the following Monday, but remain proud of the fact that they raised a whopping £807 for the very worthy cause. 

“Prostate Cancer is now the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UK, killing one man every 45 minutes in the UK. That's the same time it takes to play three holes of golf” says Paul “We’re golfing the distance and taking on The Big Golf Race, to keep men in the game for longer. The money raised by this challenge will help fund research into life-saving treatments for prostate cancer and provide practical support to men and their families.”

To donate, or find out more about The Big Golf Race, visit www.prostatecanceruk.org

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