Dan’s ‘Walker Cup’ raises £10,000 for Children’s Hospital charity

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  • by Richard Fidler

A golf day featuring former England captain Alan Shearer at Hallamshire golf club has raised more than £10,000 for the Children’s Hospital.

The event, hosted by charity patron and Football Focus presenter Dan Walker, saw over 100 supporters take part in the tournament with games and competitions held throughout the day.

Dan, who hopes to continue ‘The Walker Cup’ every year, said: “We had an amazing day; it was great to see so many celebs, footballers and champions take part and I can’t thank everyone enough for coming along.

“The day was all about raising money for The Children’s Hospital Charity and supporting Team Theo.

“The Children’s Hospital is an amazing place that changes and saves lives far beyond the boundaries of this great city.

“If we can make a difference for one child, one family, then it’ll be well worth it.”

As well as a round of golf the day saw many prizes donated as part of the grand and silent auction including a four ball golf voucher at Wentworth East or Edinburgh course, a squash ‘lesson’ with World Champion and Commonwealth gold medallist Nick Matthew and holiday to The Conrad in Quinta do Lago, Portugal.

James Hope-Gill, Director of Onside Consulting Ltd, who played in the tournament said: “The day was fantastic. Probably the best charity golf day I’ve been to, despite the way I played.

“It was brilliant to be involved and to help raise money for the Children’s Hospital Charity and I definitely want to play again next year. The celebrities were down to earth and approachable and the course was stunning.

“The club made us all feel very welcome and the volunteers were brilliant as they helped direct us and search for lost balls. All in all it was superb and Dan Walker and his team did a great job.”

Dan Walker added: “I want to give a ‘mahousive’ and heartfelt thanks to all those who have donated prizes, auction items and gifts for the day and to Hallamshire Golf Club for hosting us - it is a gorgeous course.”

The best celebrity score was former Norwich City and Scotland goalkeeper Bryan Gunn and the best individual was Seb Brown. The team prize was won by Dan Walker’s team.

The day has so far raised £10,000 for the charity’s Make it Better appeal, with more still being counted.

The appeal aims to raise £10m regionally by 2016 in order to create the best possible environment for children to get better more quickly, delivering world class facilities to match the world class expertise already provided.

Television personality and former professional snooker player John Parrott said: “We weren’t playing the best golf but it was all about the charity and raising money for a good cause.

“Having children myself I know how important it is to make sure our children are looked after, whether it’s a bump or scrape or any of the specialist treatment at the children’s hospital, we want to make sure we can make a difference.”

David Vernon-Edwards said: “We are very grateful to Dan Walker and the Hallamshire Golf Club as they pulled out all the stops with the first of hopefully many Walker Cup golf days. It was great to see so many familiar faces supporting the day and on our hospital as the money raised will make a real difference to our patients and their families.“




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