England 1966 hat-trick hero Geoff Hurst joins golfers in fund-raising drive - The Leamington Observer

England 1966 hat-trick hero Geoff Hurst joins golfers in fund-raising drive

Ian Hughes 5th Aug, 2019 Updated: 8th Aug, 2019   0

GOLFERS took to the fairways to help soldiers in need through Support Our Paras.

England’s 1966 World Cup hat-trick hero Sir Geoff Hurst headed a star-studded line-up at The Wigley Group’s golf day and gala dinner this year to raise £25,000 – the highest amount in the annual event’s history – taking the total since 2013 to over £120,000.

Money raised will go to the Wigley Support Fund (WSF), an initiative with the Parachute Regiment charity to help injured, serving and veteran soldiers with the transition from military to civilian life.

Special guest Sir Geoff was joined by other sporting greats at the fund-raiser held at the De Vere Staverton Estate, near Daventry, and gave an after-dinner speech as well as presenting prizes to winners of the golf open.

They included stars from the world of darts Keith Deller, Mervyn King, Colin Lloyd, Justin Pipe, Trina Gulliver, Steve Beaton and Lisa Ashton.

Parachute Regiment display team the Red Devils also attended.

Former paratrooper Jaco van Goss, ambassador of The Wigley Group, gave a powerful insight into overcoming life-changing injuries on the frontline to become a champion para-cyclist and adventurer, with his most recent challenge raising money for WSF.

It was the seventh year the golf day has been held by the property, development and construction company, whose headquarters are at Stockton.


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