Saints players dust off their clubs for charity golf day in Northampton

Northampton Saints stars joined more than 90 others to dust off their clubs for a day of golf in aid of a Northamptonshire cancer charity.

Lee Dickson, James Wilson, Paul Diggin and Cam Dolan were among the rugby stars to tee off for the Wellingborough based cause, Niamh’s Next Steps, at Collingtree Park golf club yesterday.

Children's cancer charity Niamh's Next Steps held its annual charity golf day at Collingtree Park Golf Club. NNL-150705-175340009

Children's cancer charity Niamh's Next Steps held its annual charity golf day at Collingtree Park Golf Club. NNL-150705-175340009

The charity was set up by Chris and Sam Curry in 2012 in memory of their daughter, Niamh, who died of neuroblastoma, aged just five.

Yesterday marked the third annual golf day held by the Curry family, which

Chris said: “The money we have raised is good, but the day is all about raising awareness for the charity and fro neuroblastoma.

“There is no cure and there never will be unless we put money into researching clinical trials, giving kids better quality treatment and keeping them alive.”

Children's cancer charity Niamh's Next Steps held its annual charity golf day at Collingtree Park Golf Club.'Paul Diggin NNL-150705-175135009

Children's cancer charity Niamh's Next Steps held its annual charity golf day at Collingtree Park Golf Club.'Paul Diggin NNL-150705-175135009

Northampton Saints have played a key part in raising money for Niamh’s Next Steps over the last three years.

Former Saints winger Paul Diggin represented the charity during his testimonial year.

But yesterday he said his golfing skills needed a brush up.

“My handicap is golf generally,” he said. “I’ve got to the point where I can play it for fun, and enjoy maybe one in four shots. But today is all about making money for a fantastic cause.”

Children's cancer charity Niamh's Next Steps held its annual charity golf day at Collingtree Park Golf Club.'Saints player and charity patron Lee Dickson NNL-150705-175304009

Children's cancer charity Niamh's Next Steps held its annual charity golf day at Collingtree Park Golf Club.'Saints player and charity patron Lee Dickson NNL-150705-175304009

Scrum half Lee Dickson first got involved in the charity when he met Chris Curry by coincidence at a framing shop in Wellingborough.

To date Niamh’s Next Steps has raised more than £250,000 with the help of the rugby squad.

Mr Dickson, said: “Chris and Sam do a lot of work themselves, you know the money you raise is going to such a good cause. And not many people have heard of this disease.”

Children's cancer charity Niamh's Next Steps held its annual charity golf day at Collingtree Park Golf Club.'Saints player Mike Haywood NNL-150705-175247009

Children's cancer charity Niamh's Next Steps held its annual charity golf day at Collingtree Park Golf Club.'Saints player Mike Haywood NNL-150705-175247009

Children's cancer charity Niamh's Next Steps held its annual charity golf day at Collingtree Park Golf Club. NNL-150705-175230009

Children's cancer charity Niamh's Next Steps held its annual charity golf day at Collingtree Park Golf Club. NNL-150705-175230009

Children's cancer charity Niamh's Next Steps held its annual charity golf day at Collingtree Park Golf Club. NNL-150705-175452009

Children's cancer charity Niamh's Next Steps held its annual charity golf day at Collingtree Park Golf Club. NNL-150705-175452009