Coronavirus: Scottish golf club to raise funds for NHS and challenges others to do likewise

One of Edinburgh's top golf clubs is saying "thanks" to under-pressure medical staff due to the coronavirus by nominating one its medals later in the year as a fund-raiser for the NHS.

Duddingston, one of Edinburgh's top club, is to hold a fund-raiser for the NHS through its September medal

Duddingston Golf Club, home of the legendary Ronnie Shade, has also urged every other club in Scotland to do likewise as a gesture for the work currently being carried out by doctors and nurses.

In a post on Twitter, the Capital club said: "Perhaps to our shame, it is maybe only in unprecedented times like this that we all begin to fully appreciate the truly amazing and sefless service that our NHS staff provide for us all.

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"In recognition of this and by way of a small thank you, Duddingston Golf Club have nominated our medal on Sunday 27th September to be a fundraiser for NHS.

"We will ask all competing players to pay an entry fee of a minimum of £3 (with absolutely no maximum!) and all monies collected will be donated to the NHS.

"We will make our donation to the Emergency Department at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

"How good would it be if we could get every one of Scotland's 550 clubs to join us? Perhaps we could even get every club in Britain and Ireland to join us as well."

Steven Brand, the match secretary at Aberdour in Fife, quickly gave the idea a thumbs up.

"Great idea," he said. "Aberdour would be happy to follow suit and once our revised fixture list is decided, we will similarly nominate a specific medal."