In June 2022, the family and friends of Leeds United and England football royalty, Norman Hunter, held their second charity golf day in his memory, with 48 teams competing at Horsforth Golf Club, where Norman was a member for many years.

Norman’s family wanted to fundraise after he sadly died aged 76 in April 2020 after contracting COVID-19. For seven years before his death, Norman was treated at Leeds Cancer Centre after being diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia (CLL), a rare type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow. 

After the success of the inaugural Norman Hunter Golf Day in 2021, Norman’s loved ones decided to make this an annual event in his memory, to support research into CLL at Leeds Teaching Hospitals and at the Leeds Institute of Medical Research, University of Leeds.

Their second annual golf day took the Hunter’s fundraising total over £75,000, thanks to ticket sales, sponsors, a raffle and an auction on the day.

Read more: Family of Leeds United legend raise £75,000 to support research into Leukaemia

Money raised from the event has funded a machine called a Magnetic Cell Sorter which can identify mutated, treatment-resistant cells early on and allow for the purification of healthy cells for further analysis. Together these will better inform the treatment of patients who have CLL.

We spoke to Dr Amelia Fisher and Dr Charlotte Evans about the impact this machine will have on future research.

The third annual golf day will be held on 9th June 2023 at Horsforth Golf Club. You can email [email protected] to find out more.

All funds raised will support continued research into Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia (CLL) helping scientists and researchers at the University of Leeds and Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust get closer to finding curative treatments.

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