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Three Fenland friends tee-up major challenge to help Macmillan Cancer Support

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Three friends have a drive to raise funds for a charity close to their hearts and are teeing up to take on a major golfing challenge.

John Allen from Elm, Paul Barrell from Upwell and Andrew Whitehead also from Elm are attempting to play four round of golf - that's 72 holes - and will see them walk the equivalent of a marathon in just one day.

Calling themselves The Peaky Blunders the trio will be teeing off at Gedney Hill Golf Course on Friday June 24 with just one aim - to raise as much money as possible for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Ready to tee off are from left: Andrew Whitehead, John Allen and Paul Barrell. (57223082)
Ready to tee off are from left: Andrew Whitehead, John Allen and Paul Barrell. (57223082)

The charity, which helps cancer patients and their families, is staging the Longest Day Golf Challenge, and the friends have signed up to play non-stop as they try to complete the four rounds.

Paul said: "There can be no cheating like using golf buggies to get around - that is totally frowned upon - so we will be walking for three-and-half to four hours for each round, that's 16 hours of walking in total and the equivalent of a marathon in distance."

Each of the three has a personal reason for taking part. In Paul's case he is doing it for his dad Roy, who has terminal cancer after being diagnosed with prostate cancer, which has sadly then spread through his back.

John lost his brother-in-law to the disease as well as two close friends, who were also friends to Paul.

Andrew has also lost people close to him including friends.

Paul said: "We are doing it for a good cause, and also to test ourselves. We know it is not going to be easy, but we are determined to finish."

The friends have already smashed their original £500 target and are now nearly at £1,800 but are still hoping to raise more.

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