Golfing star Colin Montgomerie is getting ready for a Lanarkshire red letter day that will easily rank as one of the greatest events of his life.
Next month sees the opening of Maggie’s Centre Lanarkshire at the Elizabeth Montgomerie Building in the grounds of Monklands Hospital – a project dear to his heart.
It is named in honour of his mum, who died of lung cancer at 51, the same age as he is now, and the Montgomerie Foundation – the cause he set up in her honour – has contributed some £1.2 million to the building’s cost.
It’s a resource which will prove of vital worth to patients from Cumbernauld and Kilsyth who need the emotional and practical support the centre is able to provide.
Reflecting on the success of bringing such an asset to the area Colin last week said he wished such a facility had been available when his mum was ill.
And he pointed out: “Maggie’s Centres are not just for the patients but for the relatives too.”
He’s well aware that the centre is in an area with one of the highest cancer areas in the entire world, and in no doubt that it will prove its worth in the years ahead.
His whole family, including his 84-year-old dad, will be there for the official opening on September 9, and for them the occasion will be equally personal and special – particularly as they were all involved in the fundraising effort.
The Montgomerie Foundation has raised millions for the cause, helped by Colin’s famous name and by the many showbiz connections he’s made on his travels.
He’ll be commentating on the Ryder Cup soon – but the speech he’ll give at Monklands next week will be truly special.