Celebrities turn out for  charity golf events

By ELOÏSE WALTON eloise.walton@algarveresident.com

The sixth Sir Bobby Robson Celebrity Golf Classic takes place tomorrow (Saturday) at the Vila Sol Vilamoura Spa and Golf Resort.

Sporting legends from around the world will be in Vilamoura to play a round, with proceeds going to the children’s refuge in Faro, Refúgio Aboim Ascenção, directed by Dr Luís Villas-Boas.

In the evening a gala dinner and auction will help to boost the funds raised.

This year’s event features 120 players, including Harry Redknapp, manager of Tottenham Hotspur, Steve Bruce, manager of Sunderland, and former league manager Ron Atkinson.

In total, 320,000 euros has been raised for the children’s home by this event in its five-year history, which Sir Bobby hopes will continue for many years to come: “I have put my name to this charity and hope that it will become my legacy.”

Meanwhile, Debbie Seaman, former wife of legendary England goalkeeper David Seaman, will be taking the helm of the annual Safe Hands Charity Golf Classic.

David Seaman said: ‘‘Debbie was always the driving force behind the organisation of this event, which was initially her idea. She works tirelessly each year to ensure money is raised for really deserving charities. I wish her continued success.’’

This event, which has now been renamed Charity Golf Classic, will see celebrities and teams playing a two-day golf competition within a four-day programme the Parque da Floresta Golf and Leisure Resort between July 9 and 12.

This year’s event is being held in aid of the Paul Southgate Research Fund, established in memory of a former president of Parque da Floresta, who passed away in June 2008.

The charity is dedicated to raising funds for research into head and neck cancer and cancers affecting children and young adults. 

Celebrities who have already confirmed their attendance include actor and funny man Bradley Walsh, TV presenter Ben Shephard, former Arsenal and Scotland goalkeeper and TV presenter Bob Wilson OBE, actors Jamie  Bamber and Johnny Briggs MBE, former Wolves and England footballer Steve Bull MBE, Rugby World Cup winners Jason Leonard MBE and Kyran Bracken MBE and singer Gareth Gates, to name but a few. Spectators are welcome to go along and support the Charity Golf Classic competitions on July 10 and 11, which begin at 9.30am and continue throughout both days.

To learn more about the charity visit www.ucl.ac.uk/cancer.

For further information about the Charity Golf Classic, please email gillian.low@vigiasa.com.