A THORNBURY man is taking on a marathon charity challenge following the death of his sister.

Andy Neil and 11 friends will be playing four rounds of golf in a singled day as part of the Macmillan Longest Day Golf challenge.

The challenge will entail 72 holes of golf and about 26 miles of walking, with the group teeing off at 5.30am in the morning on June 21 - the longest day of the year.

Joining Andy at Thornbury Golf Club will be: Simon Stone, Adi Hawkins, Ian Taylor, Jay Castleton, Adam Clayton, Craig Bright, Jamie Constable, Steve Worsley, Barry Pook, Sam Hussey and Dan Hussey

Andy said: “This is the second year that we are undertaking this charity challenge.

“For me it is all the more poignant as I lost my wonderful sister in February. She fought her battle with cancer for 5 years and at the young age of 47 she finally lost her battle to this terrible disease.

“All through her long battle the Macmillan Nurses were there for her with help, advice and support, and after her death the Macmillan Nurses have been a massive support to myself and the rest of my family.”

“Any donations you can make will spur us on to do this challenge and also be a support for these wonderful nurses.”

Local businesses can sponsor a hole and donations can be made


. Andy can be contacted on 0772 279 6196 or andyneil1970@yahoo.com.

Musician Daz is also playing a charity gig at the Black Horse, Gillingstool, on June 15.

Andy wanted to thank Thornbury Golf Club for allowing them to use the course for the day and Graham and the staff at Butties for supplying food and drink for the day.