Celebrities get into the swing of it for charity golf day

A celebrity golf day celebrated its 19th year by raising vital funds for a charity that supports children and young people with cancer.

Celebrities get into the swing of it for charity golf day

The exclusive annual event, held at Sunningdale Golf Club, coincides with Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and supports CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families.

TV presenter and former Strictly Come Dancing winner, Chris Hollins, hosted the event, sponsored by Tullow Oil, which saw celebrities including Sir Steve Redgrave, Mark Foster, Lee Dixon, Mark Ramprakash and Mark Butcher taking part, raising thousands for the charity in the process.

After the 18 holes, there was also an inspiring speech from 20-year-old Duncan Cathie, who received support from CLIC Sargent following his brain tumour diagnosis aged 16.

Duncan Cathie said: “Before my diagnosis I was always very sporty and I’m a big sports fan in general so it was great to meet all the familiar faces and share my experiences with them.

“When I was ill I had amazing support from my CLIC Sargent Social Worker Rachel who helped me to make new friends and further myself by putting me in contact with other people going through the same things as me.”

Friendly competition 

This year's host Chris Hollins said: “It was great to see everyone get together during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month to have fun on the golf course whilst raising funds for this worthy cause.

“Meeting people like Duncan shows just how vital the CLIC Sargent’s financial, practical and emotional support is for young people like him and their families.”

Former Team GB Olympic Swimmer Mark Foster said: “It was great to have a bit of friendly competition between all the celebrities and their teams on this fantastic course.

“The most important thing though is that we raised a significant amount of money for this brilliant charity. CLIC Sargent help young people and their families who are going through a really tough time and it feels great to be supporting their work.”

Hannah Gripton, Major Events Manager at CLIC Sargent, said: “All the funds raised from this fantastic event will go to helping us support people like Duncan. We can’t thank all the celebrities and their teams enough for their generous support.

“The Sunningdale Golf event is always a fantastic opportunity for our guests to play a round on such a prestigious course while learning more about how CLIC Sargent is changing what it means to be diagnosed when you’re young.”

For more information, an interview or images please contact Jack Wilson on jack.wilson@clicsargent.org.uk or 020 8752 2833.

Outside office hours please call 08448 481189.

For more information about CLIC Sargent go to www.clicsargent.org.uk