This month, we’re putting David Slack into our fundraiser Hall of Fame.
David has been a supporter of cancer charities since 2008. It has been a cause close to his heart after he worked at a company where fundraising for cancer charities was part of the culture.
Cancer is also something that has affected David personally. His uncle David and aunt Judith were both later diagnosed with cancer and were very unwell. As they were a big part of David’s life, he took them to their appointments at The Christie, where they were being treated.
David said that while he was at The Christie, he witnessed how amazing and great the team treating his aunt and uncle were. He said that The Christie was a big part of both of their lives.
In 2018, David’s uncle sadly died from his cancer. David decided to organise his own fundraising event to raise money for The Christie Charity, a charity golf competition. Although David said it was only a small competition that year, they raised about £2,000.
Sadly, in 2019, David’s aunt Judith died from cancer as well. And in 2020, a member of David’s golf club also died from cancer. This inspired David to rename the golf tournament after his late friend, calling it The George Mellor Memorial Trophy.
For this year, David enlisted the help of his boss Steven and a few friends to help make 2023’s George Mellor Memorial Trophy bigger than ever. The golf tournament featured 18 teams of golfers, with support from sponsorship.
Due to all his hard work, David managed to raise an incredible £4,630 with the 2023 George Mellor Memorial Trophy. That brings his overall fundraising total for The Christie Charity to just under an amazing £11,200.
“At my local golf club, The High Peak Golf Club, we lost a very popular member to cancer in 2020. From then we renamed the trophy to The George Mellor Memorial Trophy, which has really helped me to get lots of people behind me at the golf club.
“Along with the help of my boss Steven and a few friends, we have grown it into a proper event, with food, prizes and giveaways to try to raise as much as possible.