Last weekend Parque da Floresta Golf & Leisure Resort teamed up with legendary goalkeeper David Seaman MBE for the seventh year running to host his Safe Hands Charity Golf Classic, in aid of the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK. The two-day competition, sponsored by Zurich International Solutions and HSBC Global Asset Management, was a huge success, raising in excess of £145,000 for the charity.
22 teams participated in the event, playing alongside David Seaman and personalities from the world of sport and entertainment. The final winners, with a score of 86, were former international and Rugby World Cup winner Kyran Bracken MBE and Jamie Burton, Craig Young and Tommy Maher from Johnson Fitness.
The weekend concluded with a glamorous gala dinner where guests bid for auction prizes including a unique bronze cast of Bobby Moores left boot which he wore in the 1966 World Cup final, raising £4,600 for the charity. Two lucky bidders also won an exclusive golfing experience at the prestigious Loch Lomond, the number one golf course in Scotland, with David Seaman MBE and ex-England International David Platt, paying £6,000 each for the privilege.
The record figure was announced ahead of an impressive firework display which was set off over the Parque da Floresta golf course, drawing a close to the event.
The Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK raises money for vital research into the prevention and treatment of bowel cancer. The Fund was set up in memory of world class footballer Bobby Moore who sadly died from bowel cancer, aged just 51. The funds raised are spent on high quality bowel cancer research carried out by leading scientists working across the UK. The money raised to date has funded 26 Bobby Moore Research Fellowships, a new bowel cancer laboratory at St Mark’s Hospital in London and 3 additional research projects.
David Seaman commented The event was a huge success. We are delighted to have raised such a fantastic sum of money for The Bobby Moore Fund. Everyone was extremely generous and wed like to thank all involved for their help and support!
Some of the other celebrities who took part included ex-Arsenal and TV commentator Bob Wilson, ex-England International David Platt, 1966 world cup winner Martin Peters MBE, Coronation Street favourites Bradley Walsh and Johnny Briggs MBE, actors Chris Fountain, Craig Fairbrass and Colin Salmon, TV presenters Kirsty Gallacher and Ben Shephard, and singers Dane Bowers and Gareth Gates.
Parque da Floresta Golf & Leisure Resort is set in the Western Algarve, amongst rolling hills, golden beaches, timeless fishing villages and unspoilt countryside. Bordering the Costa Vicentina National Park, luxurious villas and charming village houses surround the centrepiece of the resort, an imaginatively designed golf course the perfect venue for a challenging golf competition.