Celebrities support charity golf day that raised more than £12,000
PUBLISHED: 19:00 11 August 2016 | UPDATED: 17:11 15 August 2016
Sixteen sporting celebrities including former Manchester United manager Ron Atkinson and Somerset's ex-England cricketer Andy Caddick visited Weston-super-Mare Golf Club to raise more than £12,000 for the Royal Marines charity.
The stars enjoyed a windy day on the green before enjoying an evening meal, awards ceremony and auction with their team in the evening.
Former England rugby captain Mike Tindall said: “It’s a good day and was a good ‘crack’ and for a great cause.”
The 16 celebrities names were drawn from a hat to decide who will play with which team, made up of club members and businesses such as Mercedes.
The teams set off at 1pm on Monday and returned at 6pm.
The auction raised almost £9,000, with the best prize of the night costing £3,000. The lucky winner will enjoy a golf day with professional golfer David Howell at Queenwood Golf Club.
Other prizes included a signed Welsh rugby shirt and a private box at the Somerset quarter final cricket match against Worcester Royal London.
The event was in aid of Royal Marine charity, which cares for servicemen and women who are serving or have left the service .
Former Marine Alun Sims served in the Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan before leaving the service. He said: “A lot of the time, it is dealing with the physical pain. Some guys loose limbs out there and it’s about getting them back on their feet. However, people don’t see the mental side of things, like post-traumatic stress disorder.
“Once you earn your green beret, it is yours for life. Even when you leave, you are still a marine.”
Former Welsh rugby back-row Nathan Thomas said: “I’m always keen to lend a helping hand with charity events when I can. We all love doing our part.”
Weston Golf Club general manager Peter Lowery said: “I’m honoured for the club to hold this event for such a great cause.”
A competitive day was rounded up with the top four teams receiving prizes ranging from hats to shirts. The winning team, Fernley-Disney PLC, was made up of club members and ex-Arsenal midfielder David Hillier.
Organiser Graham Masarik told the Mercury: “The day couldn’t have gone any better and we made £12,000 for a great cause,”