The 75-year-old, who now lives in Ballater, played a total of 77 test matches for England between 1963 and 1976. He was diagnosed with Waldenström’s Leukaemia in 1999 and given a maximum of seven years to live.
In 2005 he met Dr Stefan Geider of Camphill Wellbeing Trust
in Aberdeen and has been on mistletoe therapy since. The golf day is to raise funds for the Mistletoe for Cancer UK, a charity founded by patients and friends, with the support of Camphill Wellbeing Trust.
John Edrich points out that he is remains in good health and and “enjoys life to the full”. A statement confirmed by the energy and drive he has shown in organising the golf day, recruiting teams and organising prizes.
The first prize will be a round at the recently-opened Trump International Golf Links Scotland, which has already been hailed as one of the best courses in the world. Other prize donors include Baxters of Speyside, Johnstons of Elgin, Edzell Golf Club and Ballater Golf Club.
Speaking of his support for Mistletoe for Cancer UK
, John explains:
“There is no doubt in my mind that the mistletoe therapy has helped me and I was very fortunate to have been introduced to this treatment. My aim in organising this golf tournament is to help raise funds for medical research into the mistletoe therapy, so that more people can potentially benefit from it in the future.”
Commenting on the fundraising event, Dr Stefan Geider of Camphill Wellbeing Trust, said:
“We are extremely grateful to John Edrich for organising this golf fundraising event for Mistletoe for Cancer UK. It is tremendous that someone like him, who is so well known in sporting circles, is able to use that status to help us to achieve our fundraising goals.
“We have set ourselves the target to raise £100,000. This will fund a medical trial on mistletoe therapy, carried out by Aberdeen University, which will complement another already underway in Bristol University. We believe that these trials could have a significant impact on the availability and acceptability of mistletoe treatment for cancer, here in the UK.”
Mistletoe for Cancer UK is an initiative of Camphill Wellbeing Trust, one of seven Camphill Aberdeen City and Shire
charities. The trust promotes wellbeing through a programme of research and education. It also provides a growing range of therapies and treatments.
- Entries for the Mistletoe for Cancer UK Golf Day, cost £200 for a team of four and £50 for individuals. Spectator tickets (including buffet lunch) are £20. Entry forms can be downloaded from www.mistletoeforcancer.org.uk.