Mini-golf challenge aids children

Fund-raising: Peter Edenborough at one of the themed courses at Unreal Mini Golf at Penrith. Picture: Helen Nezdropa

Fund-raising: Peter Edenborough at one of the themed courses at Unreal Mini Golf at Penrith. Picture: Helen Nezdropa

LIVERPOOL resident Peter Edenborough will chase 1000 aces in 24 hours of continuous mini golf this Sunday as part of a fund-raising event for the Bear Cottage children's hospice.

For non golfers, that means he will attempt to sink 1000 hole in ones — or 41 an hour.

No mean feat for even a putt putt golf enthusiast who has won competitions. But if anyone knows how precious time can be it is Mr Edenborough; himself a Bear Cottage dad.

In 2011, his son Chaise was diagnosed with cancer. After several unsuccessful rounds of chemotherapy and radiation therapy he was referred to Bear Cottage in October 2013 for palliative care.

Ten weeks later Chaise, aged 7, died surrounded by his immediate and Bear Cottage family.

"Bear Cottage were a massive support for us," he said.

"The support every individual person gives not just for the kids but for the parents and family was outstanding.

"We wouldn't be able to cope at home with Chaise at home for the last four weeks.

"He was deteriorating and he lost all use from the waist down and was in that much pain, it broke my heart. The amazing Bear Cottage staff supported us through the entire journey for which we are forever grateful."

Now Mr Edenborough wants to give back and help Bear Cottage continue to help families like his.

The Chaising 1000 event will start at 10am on Sunday at Unreal Mini Golf at Penrith. There will be face painting, sausage sizzle, craft and cake stalls and appearances from the police and fire brigades.

"It's a cause very close to my heart and I just thought it was my time to give back to the kids," Mr Edenborough said.

"I did a practice run and played for eight hours and got 513.

"If I play my cards right I might be able to hit the 1500 mark.

"I have all my angles right and where I need to position the ball on all the different themed courses so hopefully we will raise a lot of money for the Bear Cottage."

Now, that would be ace.

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