Penwortham woman raises £7,000 for migraine charity at golf event

Posted on - 7th July, 2022 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Penwortham, People, Proud Preston, South Ribble News, Sport
Donna Brookes

A Penwortham golf captain raised over £7,000 for people with migraines during a charity golf event in May.


On 29 May, Penwortham Golf Club’s Lady Captain Donna Brookes, who lives with migraines, raised funds through a golf event after choosing The Migraine Trust as her 2022 charity.

This year, the event involved a four-ball auction, raffle, ‘beat the pro’ competition and more.

Donna will also be doing a charity skydive on July 28.

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She said: “I wanted to raise money for The Migraine Trust because the charity has been a source of support.

“I want to give back. In addition to raising money to help people living with migraines, I also hope to spread awareness and understanding of migraines, as it’s so much more than the headache people think it is.

“The condition has impacted my life – I lost my career with the Civil Service after 25 years.

“I know it might sound dramatic, but there have been many times when my migraine has been at its worst, and I’ve begged for it to be a brain haemorrhage to be done with it.”

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Donna said her migraines are now manageable, but she continues to have around 12 attacks a month.

She said: “I had to force myself to slow down. Working part-time helped, and I now feel that migraines are part of me but don’t define me anymore.”

The day raised over £7,000 for The Migraine Trust and Galloway’s Society for the Blind, a local sight loss charity chosen by the club’s Mr Captain Ray Lewis.

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Donna lives with chronic migraine, where people have a headache at least 15 days each month, with eight having migraine symptoms.

Symptoms of a migraine attack include headache, nausea, visual disturbances and dizziness.

Rob Music, the chief executive of The Migraine Trust, said: “We are so grateful to Donna for selecting The Migraine Trust as her charity of the year and generously helping people affected by migraine.

“She is an inspiration. As she knows, migraine is debilitating and painful and affects many aspects of life.

“Not only is Donna raising crucial funds that help support our work and those affected by migraine, but she’s also raising awareness of this often misunderstood brain disease.

“We wish her all the very best for her skydive next month!”

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