A famous golfer has surprised a charity cycling team by sponsoring them to ride in memory of their friend who died.
David Moulding, from Cleveleys, and three other friends are set to cycle between two world renowned golf courses to raise money in honour of 30-year-old Sally Middleton, from Bispham, who lost her battle with cancer in December last year after.
But to their delight they received a shock £500 donation from one of the world’s top players, Adam Scott (below right) - who won the coveted US Masters title in April.
The Australian was Sally’s favourite golfer, and David managed to contact Scott through a friend who knows his father.
David, 29, from Lockerbie Avenue, in Cleveleys, said: “She adored Adam Scott like you wouldn’t believe and she had a picture of him framed in her parents’ house.
“She used to bet on him to win all the major tournaments but unfortunately she passed away before he won in April.
“I said I would continue to bet on him and when he won in April I put that money as the first donation to start us off.”
The quartet will begin their fundraising ride for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, a Preston-based charity which supported Sally during her illness at 8am on Saturday July 13.
They will cycle between Royal Lytham and St Annes Golf Club, where Scott lost a four-shot lead in the final round of last year’s Open Championship, and Muirfield, near Edinburgh, where this year’s tournament will take place. So far they have raised over £1,000, a total they hope to match by the time of the ride.
Speaking about Scott’s donation, David said: “It was a big shock when I saw it because I wasn’t really holding out much hope. The lads couldn’t believe it and they’re all buzzing for the ride now. It’s gone from a little idea to something much bigger.”
To donate go to www.justgiving.com/david-moulding