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By Colin Smeeton
One hundred holes of golf in 24 hours is no small feat, however, that is exactly what 20 Arran golfers accomplished to raise funds for the medical treatment for Etta Thompson, who is suffering from a debilitating medical condition.
Etta, the five-year-old daughter of Tess and Darren Thompson, has Lymes disease and Paediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (Pans/Pandas) which is an autoimmune condition which requires expensive medical treatments to overcome.
The golfers took to Shiskine’s 12-hole course in blustery conditions at 11am on Friday May 27.
Six rounds (72 holes) had been completed by 12.30am on Saturday morning with the last round having to be played in the dark with glow balls.
The final two rounds started at 4am and all 100 holes were completed by 7.30am with all participants still taking part in the challenge until the end.
Later that evening the golfers, joined by friends, attended a buffet at Shiskine Golf Club where the results of an online auction – also in aid of Etta and which had been running for two months – were announced.
Once all the winners had been declared it was calculated that the auction had raised more than £14,000.
A raffle at the event raised a further £1,000 which, when added to all of the other fundraising activities, will bring the total to over £33,000.
A spokeman for the fundraising golfers said: ‘In these difficult times people’s generosity never fails to amaze. £33,000 is a staggering sum in anyone’s book and a huge thank you is owed to everyone who contributed to the event in whatever form.
‘Their help will hopefully change a family’s life and give Etta and her big sister Bonnie back the future they deserve.’
Etta and her family live in Wales but her cause is well known and well supported on Arran and has been the inspiration behind a number of fundraising initiatives, including tractor rallies and cycling events.
The most recent, the Isle of Arran Cycling Club’s Laps for Etta’s fundraiser, raised £505.
It involved 25 cyclists cycling a 19-kilometre route around the Shiskine Valley via Machrie and the String road.
Participants completed anywhere from one to 10 laps, with the entire group covering more than 60 laps and 1,300 kilometres in total.
A club spokesperson said: ‘The club would like to thank everybody who joined in, donated and provided food and equipment on what was a successful and enjoyable day.’