The Jersey Branch of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research held its biannual golf day at La Moye Golf Club on Friday 24 September 2010. The event, which was sponsored by Appleby’s Jersey office, raised over £17,000 on the day.

Not only is 2010 Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research's 50th anniversary, but this year's golf match was extra special given that Alastair Campbell, the charity’s Chairman of Fundraising, played in one of Appleby's teams and spoke after lunch. He was also on hand to sign copies of his book, “The Alastair Campbell Diaries Volume One: Prelude to Power, 1994-1997”, which helped raise additional money.

Alastair Campbell is best known for his years as communications director for former Prime Minister Tony Blair, for whom he worked from 1994 to 2003. Prior to Number 10, Alastair had enjoyed a long and successful career as a journalist, serving as political editor of the Daily Mirror. He has devoted considerable time and effort to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research following the death of his best friend John Merritt from leukaemia in 1992. John’s daughter Ellie also died of the disease six years later.

The golf day saw 26 teams of four players each, play 18 holes of golf, with special prizes for closest to the pin and longest drive.

The results were as follows: 1st. FLAIRHAIR (Kevin O'Toole, Clive Skilton, Dave Hellen and Jim Rotheram) – 92 points. 2nd. RBS International Team 2 (Ian Mathieson, Neil Dangerfield, P. Harben and R. Leader) – 90 points. 3rd. Vistra (A. Taylor, M. Andrews, S. Johnston and G. Hamilton) – 90 points (on count back). 4th. The Bogey Men (K. Mackenzie, D. Hart, J. Le Breton and T. Staples) – 90 points. Nearest the Pin: Ladies – Sibbie Ling, Mens – Mark Grigg Longest Drive: Ladies – Ali Eagar, Mens – Bob Wickings.

Christine Rowland – Committee Member of the Jersey Branch for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, said: “I would like to thank everyone involved in making the event happen, in particular, the fantastic generosity of everyone on the day and Alastair Campbell for helping the Jersey Branch reach such an amazing total. I would also like to thank Appleby for their involvement. Without their help it would have been almost impossible to stage an event of this kind.”

Simon Worsey – Head of Marketing for the Appleby Jersey office, added: “When the opportunity to take on the sponsorship of this event came up, we jumped at the opportunity. Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is a leader in the field of blood cancer research and their work continues to change people’s lives everyday. We hope our sponsorship goes a little way towards helping Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research continue their excellent work.”