SPORTING stars and businesspeople from across the region clubbed together at an annual golf day in Warwickshire to help raise more than £19,500 to support serving and veteran soldiers.
More than 200 people joined The Wigley Group’s Golf Day and Gala Dinner at The Belfry Hotel & Resort near Sutton Coldfield.
The event was held in aid of the Wigley Support Fund (WSF) – an initiative launched by The Wigley Group with the official Parachute Regiment charity Support Our Paras to help injured, serving and veteran soldiers transition from military to civilian life.
Comedian Tim Vine and magician John Archer fronted a star-studded line up with evening entertainment, following a charity auction of exclusive sporting memorabilia and money-can’t-buy experiences.
The event – which was the first one held since 2019 due to the pandemic – saw more than 20 teams take part in golf on the world-famous PGA National Course, with Newton LDP taking top spot and KB Transport finishing as runners up.
Robert Wigley, chairman of The Wigley Group, said: “This was such a fantastic day and it was great to see so many familiar and new faces after a two-year absence.
“This is a cause which is extremely close to our hearts and we are proud to have now raised more than £140,000 since our first event was held in 2013.
“This would not be possible without our supporters and sponsors and we would like to thank everyone for their generous contributions.”
It is the eighth year that the golf day has been held by property, development and construction company The Wigley Group, whose headquarters are at Stockton.
Hosted by TV sports announcer and former paratrooper John McDonald, the event was supported by a host of stars from the world of darts including Keith Deller, Colin Lloyd, Wayne Mardle and Steve Beaton.
West Indies test cricketer Shane Dowrich, Warwickshire cricketer Craig Miles, former boxer Eddie Avoth, promoter Barry Hearn, and British gold medallist cyclist Jaco van Gass MBE were also among the famous faces to show their backing.
Among the highlights of the event was a moving speech from former paratrooper Captain Gary Simpson on his experiences serving, the mental health impacts he suffered, and the subsequent support he received from Support Our Paras.
The WSF initiative has enabled money raised to be more broadly allocated to help ex-service people from all regiments, providing support in all areas of their transition from military to civilian life; anything from physical and mental rehabilitation to further education and skills training.