The event, which this year raised a fantastic £16,000, was held at The Menzies Welcombe Hotel & Spa Golf Club in Stratford-upon-Avon and saw 24 teams and 96 golfers compete for some great prizes. The golf was followed by an evening of entertainment with two guest speakers.
Paralympian gold medalist Marc Woods, a patron of the Teenage Cancer Trust, shared his own amazing story about losing a leg to cancer as a teenager and overcoming adversity to achieve swimming success at the Sydney Olympics. Also in attendance was comedian Denny Waters who delighted the crowd with his standup routine.
The winning team on the day was Maxi, inspired by the day’s top player Nick McKay. Volvo Bus 1 finished as runners up with Volvo Trucks and Bus Centre East Anglia in third and Volvo IT in fourth. Andy Morris of Volvo Bus finished the day as the individual runner up, whilst Arriva’s Phil Cummins was placed third.
During the evening event awards were also made to Kevin Wood (top putter), Eddie Babb and Shaun Brew for being nearest the pin on the 14th and 6th hole respectively. Andy Walker took the award for longest drive, whilst Joe Hannah was the winner at “Beat the Pro”.
Having chosen the Teenage Cancer Trust Warwickshire Appeal as its designated charity in 2010, Volvo has continued to support the cause in 2011. The company is well underway to achieving its target of raising £100,000, through a variety of events, towards a new £1 million, state-of-the-art cancer unit at Birmingham Children’s hospital, directly benefiting youngsters in the Warwickshire region.
“The Golf Event was hugely successful last year, raising a lot of money and we’ve actually managed to surpass that this year, raising £16,000, which is absolutely fabulous,” commented Volvo Bus Managing Director, Steve Dewhurst, who is also Chairman of the Warwickshire Centre.
“Volvo Bus is proud to be associated with Teenager Cancer Trust and we will continue to support them across 2011 in a number of fundraising events and initiatives, culminating in an evening of fine wine, fine food and fine music with Gwyneth Herbert and her band on Thursday 10th November”.
Teenage Cancer Trust exists to help improve the lives of the 2,100 teenagers and young adults struck down each year with cancer. It helps provide specialist care for youngsters faced with a possibly life threatening illness, who might otherwise be receiving treatment in inappropriate facilities with inadequate support.
24 May 2011
Caption for image: Paralympian gold medallist Marc Woods, a patron of the Teenage Cancer Trust speaking at the Volvo Bus Golf Day Dinner.