Thousands raised in Charity Golf Classic

A host of celebrities helped to raise 85,000 euros for charity during the Charity Golf Classic, which took place at the Parque da Floresta Golf and Leisure resort near Lagos between July 9 and 12.

The newly renamed event, headed by Debbie Seaman, former wife of legendary England goalkeeper David Seaman, saw celebrities and their teams playing a two day competition at the resort within a four day programme of events.

Big names who took part in the charity event at Parque da Floresta included British singer Gareth Gates, television presenter Ben Shepherd, former Olympic athlete Kriss Akabusi, acting couple Linda Lusardi and Sam Kane and former Arsenal and Scotland goalkeeper and TV presenter Bob Wilson OBE, to name but a few.

The reigning team Johnson Fitness won again with players Jamie Burton, Craig Young and Thomas Maher, and was headed by former British footballer Steve Bull MBE.

Winners of the golf tournament from left: Craig Young with event organiser Debbie Seaman, Thomas Maher, Jamie Burton and Steve Bull MBE.
Winners of the golf tournament from left: Craig Young with event organiser Debbie Seaman, Thomas Maher, Jamie Burton and Steve Bull MBE.

Special tribute

The funds raised during the event will be donated to the Paul Southgate UCL Research Fund that was established in memory of a former president of the resort, who passed away in June 2008.

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

Debbie Seaman said: “Paul was a friend of mine and many others at the resort and as an avid golfer has supported the event in the past, even winning the Texas Scramble in our first year! Paul’s widow Lynne has established the fund as a tribute to him and it is my privilege to help her raise awareness and funds in his memory.”

The entire event was filmed and will be broadcast on July 28 and 29 on Sky Sports 1, 2 and 3.

For more information about the charity, please visit www.ucl.ac.uk/cancer