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Hill Valley welcomes walkers honouring Seve (17th July 2012)

Hill Valley welcomes walkers honouring Seve

MACDONALD Hill Valley Hotel, Spa and Golf welcomed walkers travelling from London to Lytham in aid of a cancer charity.

The walkers, some of whom were colleagues at Your Golf Travel, along with Paul Simmonds from Stoke Park, set off on the 300 mile journey on Tuesday, July 10, and stopped off at the four-star Whitchurch hotel on Saturday, July 14.

As part of the walk in aid of the Seve Ballesteros Foundation the team are stopping off at iconic golfing venues to hit a tee shot in memory of the golfing legend who won two Opens at Lytham.

“Seve was known for his love of a challenge so this is a fantastic way for his memory to be honoured,” said Terence Southward, General Manager at Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel, Spa and Golf.

“The foundation is a fantastic cause and we were delighted to show our support and welcome the walkers to Hill Valley as part of their journey.”

The walkers, who are all carrying golf bags and clubs along the way, are aiming to reach the Royal Lytham and St Annes Golf Club, on Tuesday, July 17 for the Open Championship.

As well as raising money for the foundation, which in partnership with Cancer Research UK funds research into brain cancer, the walkers are raising awareness for Seve Day, a month long pan-European golf tournament.

Seve Ballesteros – a former world number one golfer and winner of five major championships – set up the foundation in 2009 after undergoing surgery to remove a brain tumour the size of two golf balls.

He lost his fight against cancer in May 2011.

“Seve played some of his most amazing shots at Royal Lytham,” said Ross Marshall, co-founder of YGT.

“He will always be regarded as one of the greats of the game and we wanted to do something to commemorate his achievements with The Open being played there this month.

“Many people and their families, including myself, have been affected by cancer and we hope that we can help make a difference and aid research by raising as much money as possible.”