In the latest in a series of blogs about The Wigley Group Golf Day and Gala Dinner, taking place on July 19 this year, Nick Abell, chairman of Wright Hassall, looks back on his company’s support of the event.
Wright Hassall is proud to have been a long-time supporter and sponsor of The Wigley Group Golf Open & Gala Dinner and it’s an event I look forward to coming around each year.
As well as being great fun, it raises a terrific amount for a very worthwhile cause – The Wigley Support Fund, an initiative with the Parachute Regiment charity Support Our Paras, which supports the welfare of serving and injured soldiers and their families.
And when you’re there, you definitely get the feeling that what is being done on the day is making a difference. Hearing directly from soldiers within the Parachute Regiment and representatives from Support Our Paras gives you a great sense of how it directly benefits those in need.
The day is very relaxed and starts with the golf, which is all played in the right spirit as everyone knows the main reason they are there is to support the fundraising, and leads into the main event in the evening, with the dinner, an entertaining line-up of speakers and the all-important auction.
It’s always very well-supported by sporting celebrities and over the years, I have had the pleasure of meeting – and having a picture taken with! – the likes of Ricky Hatton, Mark Selby, Phil Taylor and last year, Kevin Keegan.
Unfortunately, I am unable to make this year’s event and am hugely disappointed not to be able to add a photograph of myself with special guest Frank Bruno to my collection. I used to watch Bruno fight at the Albert Hall when I was a young solicitor in London – I just hope his speech lasts longer than some of his fights!
The whole day is reflective of the ethos and culture of The Wigley Group and indeed its chairman Robert Wigley. The support it receives from those in the world of sport and the region’s business community speaks volumes, and I have no doubt that this year’s will only build on the previous five and hopefully surpass the £100,000 mark in money raised for Support Our Paras since the first in 2013.
The Wigley Group Golf Open & Gala Dinner takes place on Thursday, July 19 at the De Vere Staverton Estate, near Daventry. To enter the golf open, attend the dinner, and to find out about sponsorship opportunities, email firstname.lastname@example.org.