Gillian’s Saltire Appeal and Maggie’s have been announced as the official charities of the 2017 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.
Past Ryder Cup Captain and Scottish golfing legend Sam Torrance is a Gillian’s Saltire Appeal ambassador, and was on hand at one of the charity’s facilities in Largs, North Ayrshire, to make the announcement.
The Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open will be played at Dundonald Links, just a few miles down the Ayrshire coast, on July 13-16. The partnership with Gillian’s Saltire Appeal and Maggie’s means that the tournament will benefit two charities that make a real difference in the local area.
The two charities work closely together to provide support to people with cancer and those who care for them.
Gillian’s Saltire Appeal is an Ayrshire-based charity, which provides and maintains respite accommodation for cancer sufferers, their families and carers in Ayrshire and other parts of Scotland.
Maggie’s provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends, following the ideas about cancer care originally laid out by Maggie Keswick Jencks. The charity now runs a network of 20 cancer care centres helping people to live well with cancer, including eight in Scotland.
Over the course of the tournament, both charities will have a presence on site at Dundonald, and will benefit from a wide range of fundraising opportunities.
Peter Adams, Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open Tournament Director said: “We’re delighted to welcome both Gillian’s Saltire Appeal and Maggie’s as the tournament’s official charities.
“It’s very important to us that the tournament leaves a legacy in the local area, and with these two charities on board we can help to deliver really meaningful benefits to the local community.”
Gillian’s Saltire Appeal Co-founder, Les Ward, said: “The Gillian’s Saltire Appeal is delighted to be partnering with Maggie’s as official charities of this year’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Dundonald.
“The funds raised during the iconic Scottish event will go a long way to improving and enhancing our properties in Largs and Millport, which we provide free of charge for cancer suffers from Maggie’s centres and their families to enjoy some well-deserved holiday respite.”
Maggie’s Chief Executive, Laura Lee, said: “It is wonderful for Maggie’s to have this opportunity to work with Gillian’s Saltire Appeal and the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.
“The tournament provides a tremendous platform to drive awareness of how both charities help people live well with cancer, while also raising vital funds for Maggie’s Glasgow.
“Maggie’s relies solely on voluntary donations to run its network of 20 support centres across the UK and beyond, including eight in Scotland, and being part of this year’s Scottish Open will undoubtedly make a difference to people with cancer, as well as their family and friends, across the West Coast of Scotland.”