Wolves heroes swap gold and black for pink in golf fundraiser

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Ten former Wolves players spanning five decades swapped gold and black for pink for a golf day hoping to raise £10,000 for a breast cancer charity.

The 10, who boast a combined total of 2,394 appearances for the club, were at Astbury Hall Golf Club, near Bridgnorth to play in First4Staff's second annual golf day which is trying to raise £10,000 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Wolverhampton businessman and First4Staff's managing director Jason Guy, whose partner Lucy Smith, aged 32, is recovering from breast cancer, organised the event.

"Lucy felt a lump in her breast last May and she went to Stafford Hospital to find she had an aggressive form of cancer called triple negative and was told there was a six-week waiting list for treatment," said Mr Guy.

"But thankfully I've got a private healthcare plan and we got her into the Nuffield and within a week she started chemotherapy.

"She had her last radiotherapy treatment just before Christmas and thankfully, she's a lot better. We set out to raise a small amount last year and were amazed to get to £10,000, but it was such a successful event, it sold out within four days this time so we're hoping to raise the same amount again."

Around 9,000 people a year are diagnosed with this form of breast cancer, which doesn't react to the normal treatments.

Bully was joined by fellow former Wolves players – from the Noughties Jody Craddock, from the late 1980s and 90s Andy Mutch, the 80s Mel Eves, Dale Rudge and Jon Purdie, and from the 1960s and 70s Phil Parkes, Gerry Taylor, Steve Daley and Barry Powell. All have agreed to wear pink to raise awareness of the charity.

A fundraising meal, with renowned after-dinner speaker Daley hosting, was held after the golf.

Twenty four teams of four paid £295 each to play, with Guy keeping the golfers 'refreshed' by driving a buggy around the course offering free beer.

A raffle and silent auction pushed the total towards £4,000 on the day, and Guy was hoping to match the five-figure total after raising £2,000 from his Paris to London bike ride and £2,000 from a Wolves All-Stars game, with the rest hoped to come at a dinner involving former Celtic, Arsenal and Albion striker John Hartson in August.

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