A host of sporting stars and household names got together to mark 20 years of a celebrity golf day which has raised £2.5million since its beginnings for CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people.
The exclusive annual fundraising event, held at Sunningdale Golf Club in Berkshire and sponsored by Tullow Oil, falls during September which is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and pairs up celebs with corporate partners of the charity to raise for the charity.
The event saw celebrities like Sky football pundit Jamie Redknapp, TV presenter Vernon Kay, five-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave, former England Rugby player Mike Tindall, Hollywood actor Dougray Scott, former Jockey AP McCoy, taking part raising thousands for the charity in the process.
On the day, the celebs were joined by Chris Carberry, 21, from St Helens, who has been supported by CLIC Sargent since his cancer diagnosis back in 2015.
Golf-mad Chris sadly lost his leg to cancer during his treatment but has vowed to return to playing the game he loves. Chris shared his story in an inspiring speech and had a 'takeover' of the CLIC Sargent social media channels.
Chris said: “Golf has been a massive part of my life, it gave me a new direction in life and a new found passion. I played off 8 by the time I had to stop playing due to my illness, but it’s something I plan on getting back into and my day at Sunningdale has definitely spurred me on.
“It was great to meet all the celebrities, spend time on this amazing course and share my story with everyone to raise awareness of cancer and the work that CLIC Sargent does.
"I had brilliant support from CLIC Sargent social worker through everything and it feels good to give something back.”
Vernon Kay said: “What a great way to celebrate 20 years of this event by going out on this amazing golf course, having fun and raising vital awareness and funds during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
“Meeting Chris and hearing him share his story really highlights the importance of CLIC Sargent’s support and that we need to keep going to help families like his.”
Mike Tindall said: “I really enjoyed the event, it was great to have a bit of friendly competition between all the celebs and their teams.
“Most importantly though, together we’ve raised an amazing amount of money for this great charity. I can’t imagine how tough it is for young people like Chris and their families, but CLIC Sargent support them every step of the way so it’s great to able to help out.”
Rachel Kirby-Rider, Director of Income and Engagement at CLIC Sargent, said: “We can’t thank Sunningdale Golf Club, our celebrity supporters and our corporate partners enough for their support over the past 20 years which has made the charity golf day such a success.
“All the funds raised from this fantastic event help in our fight for young lives like Chris against cancer.”
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