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Open on course to help children's cancer fund

By Tony Jones

The Cancer Fund for Children has been chosen as the Northern Ireland Open's official charity partner for 2018.

It will benefit from the homegrown tournament at Galgorm Castle from August 15-19.

The Open, which last year attracted more than 43,000 spectators, will see 156 European Tour golfers take to the course, as well as an extensive schedule of events and activities away from the fairways to entertain all the family.

Funds raised will enable Cancer Fund for Children to continue to provide a range of support to families affected by cancer, like the Taylors from Ahoghill whose 12-year-old daughter Molly was diagnosed with cancer in 2014.

Mum Lisa said: "When Molly was diagnosed with cancer, it was a massive shock. It's awful - you know it happens to someone else's child but not yours. The support from Cancer Fund for Children was absolutely amazing during this time. Our Cancer Fund for Children Specialist provided one-to-one support for Molly, which helped her to open up and talk about what was happening.

"Her siblings Matthew and Ellie were also finding Molly's diagnosis difficult to understand, and our Cancer Fund for Children Specialist really helped them too."

Tickets for the NI Open are free. You can register now at and to find out more about Cancer Fund for Children, visit www.cancerfundfor

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