Pitching in at golf day

6th July 2019

A memorial golf day has raised a fantastic £11,300 towards our work

Annual Ruby Burrell Memorial Golf Day fundraiser blog

The total adds to the £115,000 previously raised by dedicated supporter Mark Burrell to fight the devastating disease that killed his daughter Ruby.

The 9th Ruby Burrell Memorial Golf Day at Tall Pines Golf Club, near Bristol, on 31 May, saw 160 enthusiasts enjoying a game of golf in the sunshine and included a BBQ on the 10th, a raffle, auction and a disco in the evening. “It was a fantastic day,” Mark told us.

Mark has already booked the Golf Day for next year and with about 20 friends is also planning on taking on the Three Peaks Challenge later next year.

Struck down

Little Ruby Burrell was just 21 months old when she was struck down by meningitis and died within hours of showing any symptoms in January 2010. You can read Ruby’s story here

Mark said, "It was so hard to comprehend that this devastating disease had taken her precious life in a matter of hours."

"Ruby was such a happy child, full of cheeky smiles and giggles. She truly touched the hearts of everyone who knew her."

“I’d like to thank everybody who has taken part in our golf days or any of our events over the years and helped us to raise so much money and awareness in Ruby’s memory,” Mark added. 

Treks and discos

The first big fundraiser in Ruby’s memory in 2010 was a trek up Snowdon, which Mark completed with 17 friends. Since then Ruby’s sisters Abbie and Millie have organised discos and friends and family members have undertaken sponsored cycle rides, including from Paris to Yatton, and runs, including the London Marathon, Cardiff Marathon, Ironman Challenge, Bristol Half Marathon and Bristol 10k.

Ruby’s antenatal group walked the Strawberry Line and have also organised horse-drawn carriage rides. Ruby’s Great Uncle Elwyn raised over £8,000 by organising a series of concerts and Mark himself has undertaken skydives and fire walking, raising £3,000.

The Village Club in Yatton has also pitched in, holding discos, quiz nights and raffles while Clevedon Flower Club has also supported the family’s efforts.

Touched so many people

“Ruby touched so many people in her short life and it’s wonderful that they are prepared to give so much back in her memory,” Mark added. “It’s important to us that some good comes out of losing Ruby and that we can make an impact on this disease and stop other families from feeling the pain we feel every day since losing her.”

Our Regional Community Fundraiser Leah Wynn added, “What a fantastic achievement by Mark. We’re so grateful to him and everyone who has been involved in his golf days and other events over the years. It’s impossible to overestimate the impact their fundraising has had on our research and awareness work."

“I’m so pleased you had a great day this year and that the weather was kind to you. Thank you for everything you do and your continued support.”

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