Gainsborough: Golf day in memory of inspirational Emma

Emma Jade McDonnell Memorial Golf Trophy
Emma Jade McDonnell Memorial Golf Trophy

On the hottest day of the year so far the Gainsborough Golf Club welcomed 48 golfers to compete in the Emma Jade McDonnell Memorial Golf Trophy.

Emma, who was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus , sadly passed away on 7th February this year at 21-years-old after she battled pneumonia.

Emma has been described as an inspiration to everyone who met her taking her disability in her stride.

She not only coped with the disabilities she was born with but at the age of 14-years-old Emma also developed a rare and debilitating neurological condition which had never been seen before by the medical team caring for her at the Queen’s Medical Centre Hospital in Nottingham.

Emma and her proud parents Pete and Lyn McDonnell have been supported by SHINE (Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Information Networking Equality) on several occasions throughout Emma’s life.

And following her death they set up a Shining Star memorial fund with the charity.

This means that any funds raised in Emma’s memory can be deposited and will be used by SHINE to offer information and support to other families who’s children have also been born with the conditions.

The memorial day at Gainsborough Golf Club was organised by friends of the family, Peter and Tracy Chappalow, and the golfers used Texas Scramble Rules for the competition.

Emma’s dad, friends and colleagues from West Burton Power Station, where he works as a maintenance joiner, competed in teams of four to try to win the Memorial Trophy.

After a competitive six hour of golf, The Mighty Hackers consisting of Rowan Crooks, Paul Drake, Mick Berisford and Ady Read were the victorious team and were rewarded by a fantastic prize of a golfing day at the world-class Belfry golf course, four-time hosts to the Ryder Cup.

A fantastic day in Emma’s memory saw £1,600 being raised for SHINE.

Pete, Lyn and Emma’s sister Catherine, would like to thank all the golfers for their participation and generosity as well as local businesses and shops for their sponsorship and donations of raffle prizes.

And they also would like to say a massive thanks to Peter and Tracy Chappalow for organising the whole day.