A GOLFER who uses his sport to raise awareness of prostate cancer is preparing for two forthcoming tournaments.

Ovingham’s Paul Nash was diagnosed with the disease nine years ago, but the cancer was detected early, and after successful surgery he has not required further treatment.

Two years ago, he set up the not-for-profit social enterprise Play2Support, which provides a platform for golfers to take part in competitions while raising money for the charity Prostate Cancer UK.

Play2Support is planning two pairs tournaments over the coming months. Both will take place at Stocksfield Golf Club.

The first, on Friday, July 19, is open to male, female, and mixed pairs of all ages and handicaps.

The second, on Friday, October 11, is an over 55s competition for men, women, and mixed pairs, for players with handicaps ranging from 24 to 36.

Both competitions will include trophies and prizes for the top three placings, and there will also be six ‘in-play’ competitions, such as nearest the pin.

Paul was at the recent Northumberland County Show as part of Prostate Cancer UK’s North-East volunteer hub.

He and other volunteers handed out leaflets to raise awareness of prostate cancer. They also promoted the work of the charity, which funds research and drives improvements in treatment.

To enter the golf competitions visit www.play2support.co.uk