On Tuesday 7 June 2022, celebrities and supporters of Children with Cancer UK, the UK’s leading national charity dedicated to research into childhood cancer, competed in a very special golf event. Staged at one of the UK’s most prestigious golf courses, The Grove in Watford, the tournament was run to help raise vital funds towards life-saving childhood cancer research.
07 June 2022
18 teams of four competed, each team led by a celebrity. The day not only featured some great play but also several surprises dotted around the course including a pizza truck, a champagne fire truck, and a “beat the pro” competition.
Vernon Kay led the charge playing off a handicap of 11 but it was his private putting session with cancer patient Dottie, that really made his day.
I’m so happy to be here to support Children with Cancer UK, and meeting Dottie. Her story is heart-breaking, but it’s amazing to see how happy she is and how she’s not letting her brain tumour stop her. She really is such an inspiration.
A number of other well-known faces joined Vernon throughout the day including retired jockey Tony ‘AP’ McCoy, footballer Jeff Schlupp, former Love Island winner Nathan Massey, former England international, Arsenal, Tottenham and Blackburn player David Bentley and broadcaster Lee Dixon, all enjoying their time on the course.
Commenting on the event, CEO of Children with Cancer UK, Jo Elvin said:
Children with Cancer UK is striving for a world in which every child survives a cancer diagnosis. From investing in ground-breaking research and medical advances, to supporting young patients and their families at such a distressing time, none of it would be possible without the generosity of our incredible supporters. Hosting a day like our celebrity golf tournament is a successful way to raise much-needed funds, but in a setting that gives our wonderful donors a great day out too as a heartfelt thank you. I’m particularly grateful to Dottie and her parents for taking the time to be with us. It’s seeing the human stories beyond the statistics and headlines that really brings home why we at the charity do what we do.
The golf was followed by a charity auction with all proceeds going to Children with Cancer UK.
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About Children with Cancer UK
Every year 4,500 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer in the UK. Children with Cancer UK wants to stop that. Since its launch in 1988, Children with Cancer UK has raised more than £290 million and funded over 300 research projects which helped improve childhood cancer survival rates from 67% to 84%.
We fund research into the causes and treatment of childhood cancers and provide support for families affected by childhood cancer. We have accelerated breakthroughs to improve childhood cancer survival rates and find kinder, more effective treatments with fewer toxic side effects. This ground-breaking research, which would otherwise go unfunded, saves the lives of children with cancer.