The family of PGA Professional Jonny Pearce plan to make a hugely successful charity golf day an annual fundraiser for The Brain Tumour Charity and the East Cheshire Hospice in memory of Jonny, writes Jonathan Paine.
Jonny, who was affectionately known as JP, died on November 25 last year after a four-year battle with brain cancer, leaving his wife and three year old son.
A golf day brought together by friends and family, golfers and the community to celebrate his life raised more than £25,000 for the charity.
Posthumously Jonny was nominated by the PGA North Region as their nomination for the Toby Sunderland Award which is awarded to a PGA member for services towards Charity in the community.
Jonny and his family began fundraising before his passing by taking part in various events around the country, Jonny even set up a YouTube channel with all proceeds going towards the charity he supported whilst fighting his own battle.
With Jonny’s passing the family didn’t stop in their efforts to raise money for the Brain Tumor Charity, a charity which was very close to JP’s heart.
Jonny’s dad, Kevin, commented: “Jonny always said if any money was raised by anyone in his name, he wanted it to go to The Brain Tumour Charity, so they could use it to go towards research into finding a cure for such a horrible disease and hopefully help others who might be unfortunate to suffer the same illness as him.”
It was inevitable that the main part of the family’s fundraising efforts would be that of a golf event in Jonny’s name. “His love for golf and how it affected others was clear to see right up until his passing,” said Jonathan Paine, Regional Manager for the PGA North.
“Jonny was everything a PGA Member strives to be, a people person and one who gets delight out of others striving to become better, he was heavily involved in the junior programme right up until his passing and I am sure there will be many golfers now who will thank JP for getting them involved in the game”
JP’s Golf Day took place at Pryors Hayes Golf Club, Chester, earlier in the year.
“We didn’t have a clue how well it was going to go, but because Jonny was a golf pro he knew a lot of golfers,” Kevin continued. “He was hugely popular and had lots of friends, and the money started pouring in. Initially we thought lets go for £10,000 but after our fundraising page opened we raised over £5,000 almost straight away.”
The family are now looking to make JP’s Golf Day a permanent fixture on the golfing calendar after its success in 2019. Details of the event will go out in the New Year and it is hoped the family can top the total in 2019 for the charity. Next year’s golf day will be held on the July 10, 2020 at Vale Royal Golf Club.
Any PGA Members interested in donating a fourball from their club for the use at the auction should contanct the PGA North Office where the voucher will be passed on to the family to raise much needed funds.
For more information about the golf day and Jonny’s chosen charities CLICK HERE.