Business professionals from across the region swung into action to raise more than £16,000 during a celebrity charity golf day in Daventry.
Over 150 guests attended Staverton Park De Vere for The Wigley Group’s annual golf open and gala dinner in aid of Support Our Paras, the official Parachute Regiment charity which supports the welfare of injured soldiers and their families.
The event was attended by major sports stars including multi world boxing champion Ricky Hatton MBE, who delivered a special address, as well as snooker world champion Stuart Bingham and sports promotor Barry Hearn.
Other VIPs included Jake Wood, also known as Max Branning from EastEnders, boxing stars Micky Cantwell and Spencer Oliver and darts players Wayne Mardle, Steve Beaton and Colin Lloyd.
John McDonald, former Paratrooper and TV sports announcer, hosted the event and guests also heard from injured members of the Parachute Regiment who shared their stories about how the Support Our Paras charity had helped them.
Sports memorabilia including football shirts signed by former Brazilian football player Pelé and former Argentine football player Diego Maradona were auctioned at the event.
Prizes were also awarded to the winning golf team and for nearest the pin and longest drive.
Event sponsors included Coventry equipment hire firm Clements Equipment Hire, Benross Golf and Core Physiatry which is based in Warwick.
Robert Wigley, managing director of The Wigley Group a property, risk and facilities management company based in Coventry, said: “It is the third time we have hosted the event and it has only grown from strength to strength.
“It was an action-packed day with 22 teams teeing off in the morning and then over 150 guests joining us for the evening gala dinner.
“Ricky Hatton was a fantastic guest speaker and entertained us all during a speech about his career and the challenges that followed.
“Guests also had the opportunity to take pictures with the multi-world boxing champion and current world snooker champion Stuart Bingham.
“Current and former members of the Parachute Regiment as well as the Support Our Paras racing team were also in attendance and interacted with guests throughout the event.
“We were overwhelmed by the support and generosity of all those that attended and are delighted to be able to hand over £16, 567 to Support Our Paras which has already helped so many injured paratroopers and their families overcome difficult challenges.”
The Wigley Group has now raised a total of £43,000 for the Support Our Paras charity over the last three years.