Golf Day & Gala Dinner set to raise thousands for charity

Snooker legends Steve Davis and Dennis Taylor will support an annual event at The Belfry that aims to raise thousands for a much-loved children’s charity.

Davis and Taylor will join forces for the Wigley Golf Day & Gala Dinner having been on opposing sides in one of the most fondly-remembered world finals of all time.

The pair will arrive right on cue as evening guest speakers at this year’s event at the world-famous Warwickshire golf resort on Wednesday, July 10. A number of other sporting greats are also due to make an appearance.

Robert Wigley, Chairman of Wigley Investment Holdings, said: “We are thrilled to get two household names on board in Steve Davis and Dennis Taylor.

“They’ll be able to give our guests rare insight into one of the most dramatic world finals in snooker history as well as backstage access to two of the most colourful careers in the game.

“Their speeches will round off what promises to be a fabulous day of entertainment, networking and fundraising for an incredibly worthy cause.”

Proceeds will go to Jessie May Children’s Hospice at Home, patroned by World Snooker chief Barry Hearn.

Mr Hearn, a close associate of Wigley, has long been a supporter of the Bristol-based charity, which provides specialist nursing care for terminally ill children in their own homes.

Kim James-Coggins, Partnerships Executive at Jessie May, said: “We are so honoured to be the chosen charity for this year’s event. The support we give to families is vital and we really couldn’t offer it without contributions like this.

“Jessie May is a unique charity, providing all care in the home to allow families to stay together and make precious memories. We currently support around 180 families, and this will make such a difference to all of them.”

It’s hoped the golf day and dinner will generate more than £20,000 and surpass last year’s fundraising efforts.

The event has raised more than £160,000 in total since it was launched in 2013.

This year’s showpiece is expected to attract some 250 business professionals from across the region, including around 100 golfers.

Corporate teams will compete against each other on the hallowed turf of The Belfry’s PGA National Course before an evening of entertainment featuring a gala dinner, a raffle, an auction of memorabilia and speeches from two of the most iconic names in snooker.

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