Fundraising campaign set up for severely ill greenkeeper

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir July 20, 2015 14:30

A fundraising campaign has been set up for Mike Mosse, a very popular 51-year-old golf course manager, who is now receiving critical care for oesophageal cancer.


Mike was the course manager at Dale Hill Hotel and Golf Club in East Sussex for a number of years and was diagnosed with cancer in 2011. He appeared to have beaten it but it returned – on his 50th birthday – and his partner says he now only has “nine to 12 months left to stay with us”.

Mike recently received critical care treatment in Holland, and is now receiving treatment in Germany. It has been described as ‘neither cheap nor pleasant’, and he now needs another drug to fight the disease.

A GoGetFunding page has been set up which aims to raise £20,000 for him, and currently has raised more than £17,000.

“The situation is now urgent so please, donate today,” said his friend Jeremy Parkman. “Mike is extremely well known in the industry.”

“In 2011 my gorgeous partner Michael was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer,” said his partner, Angela Wright. “After a huge operation and months of chemotherapy he was free of this horrendous disease for 12 months. In May 2014 on his 50th birthday we were told it had returned. After a gruelling 14 weeks of chemo and radiotherapy, it did not disappear. It has now spread and Mike has about nine to 12 months left to stay with us.

“Mike is the most caring person I know and always puts others first. He has spent the last four years looking after his parents, who sadly are no longer with us. He has done this whilst going through his own treatment. If you can help us raise these much needed funds we would be forever grateful.”

Mike himself said: “I’m in Germany now having treatment which includes various infusions and hypothermie – localised heat treatment – as cancer cells don’t do well in temperatures above 42 degrees Celsius.

“The last few weeks have been very tough.


“The pain is now very bad and I’m very weak, I am in fact having my second of two infusions of 3,000 calories to help perk me up a bit. I have just had my blood test results back to see if I am positive for the auto-immune drug PD1 and at the moment I can’t yet have it as my immune system, to put it bluntly is ‘shot to bits’, due to all the chemo and radiotherapy.

“Dr Kilarski, who is treating me and very experienced with cancer is now targeting my immune system with specific treatments to bring it back on line and will then hopefully start treatment with PD1, whereby allowing my immune system to recognise the cancer as an alien and attack it… brand new drug but my best hope as the tumours are all quite large now. I may also look to go back to Holland briefly in the meantime for a specialist nerve-block to help with the pain but not sure about that yet.

“On a different note, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone, all my friends, family, everyone from Dale Hill and even strangers for all your support so far, I have been genuinely humbled, the comments have been so lovely and they have really cheered me up during what has been and is sometimes a very dark and lonely place. Thank you all.”

Please visit and note any donations via PayPal will go via ‘Little Mombie’.



Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir July 20, 2015 14:30
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