Fresh from running the Brighton Marathon for R.A.B.I, Tom Greenow helped organise a golf tournament at Melton Golf Club – and ended up on the winning team.
Running the Brighton Marathon started off as a drunken dare and Tom’s training didn’t get off to the best of starts when he broke his collarbone last November. However, he completed in a time of 4hrs 59mins to raise more than £1,300 for R.A.B.I and Tommy’s, a charity which funds research into miscarriage, still birth and premature birth.
Tom, a sheep auctioneer, said: “Running the Brighton Marathon is the craziest thing I’ve probably done. I can’t describe the immense pain I had in my knee, feet, neck and hips or the emotional challenge, when you’re in such pain and question if you can finish. I also can’t describe the immense feeling of pride and satisfaction at the end, but it’s not about me – it’s about the two charities I was raising money for.”
Less than a week after his marathon run, Tom was instrumental in organising a golf day at Melton Golf Club on April 20, along with Leicestershire committee chair Veronica Sutton. Glorious weather greeted the teams and Barclays provided match funding too, boosting the total raised on the day to £2,773.25. The winning team comprised Tom, Chris Fetzko, Steve Burton and Carl Fitzgerald. Chris also won the Melton Mowbray Market Bull Trophy, presented to the leading market goer.
Mary Martin, R.A.B.I regional manager for the East Midlands, said: “Farmers, in our experience, do not want or readily seek charity. However, our message to them is ‘there is no shame in turning to R.A.B.I to help you through the bad times’.
“We can make a real difference to peoples’ lives, but nothing we achieve would be possible without our fantastic supporters and volunteers, like Tom, who provide such incredible and selfless support.”
Pictured above are (L to R) Tom Greenow, Chris Fetzko, Steve Burton and Carl Fitzgerald. Pictured on the right is Tom Greenow.