The course of fundraising did not quite run smooth for an annual fundraising golf day in aid of a Warwick children’s charity, which was initially cancelled due to the pandemic.
But the 8th annual Molly Olly Golf Day, which was due to tee off in June, finally went ahead in a revised format on Friday (4thSeptember) – scoring a staggering £22,000 for the charity.
The normal shotgun start was changed to a rolling tee time and 23 teams of four set off around Fulford Heath Golf Club in Wythall, Birmingham. to compete in the Molly Olly Trophy.
Molly Olly’s Wishes works to support children with terminal or life-limiting illnesses and their families and help with their emotional wellbeing as well as grant wishes and donate therapeutic toys and books to both children directly and to hospitals throughout the UK.
Mascot of the Warwick-based charity is a therapeutic toy lion called Olly The Brave who has his own Hickman line and a detachable mane which helps to explain and normalise the effects of chemotherapy. These form part of an Olly The Brave pack that has now been handed out to more than 40 hospitals, along with a book from the charity’s exclusive Olly The Brave series.
Organiser Dean Pugh said: “The course was in superb condition and the Molly Olly trophy and coveted Pink Jacket was won by the SCC1 team consisting of Kieran Bharat, Richard Warrior, Martyn Beckett and James Wallis with the Shankapotumus team of Nick De Pons in second and Arden Group Golfers and Simon Badham in third.
Due to social distancing the teams all came in and enjoyed a hot meal and a few drinks before departing the course. And a rolling auction helped boost proceeds from the day.
Dean added: “A huge thank you to all who played and supported the charity including sponsors at Metro Shipping, and the sponsors of the four Par 3 holes ASJ Financial Services, Advanced Vehicle Contracts, Hayre Trustee Services, Projex and also to Jeremy Nesbitt. Thank you to all the companies and individuals who donated prizes.”
One of the top prizes included a night’s stay at Winchcombe Farm Holidays in Upper Tysoe.
Rachel Ollerenshaw, who founded the charity following the death of her eight-year-old daughter Molly in 2011, said: “Once again, despite the challenges presented by current guidelines, Dean Pugh from West Mercia has organised a great Molly Olly Golf Day. A massive thank you to Dean, who, with the help of Jonathan Brown and Maurice Daw did an incredible job and have helped Molly Olly’s raise much needed funds.
“Thank you to Fulford Heath Golf Club for looking after everyone so well and to all our sponsors and the golfers who took part. The support on the day for the charity was immense and will help Molly Olly’s to continue making those dark days brighter.”
Further information about Molly Olly’s Wishes or how to donate can be found at: www.mollyolly.co.uk
Molly Olly’s Wishes need the support of companies and individuals to enable us to help more children. We welcome the opportunity to pro
vide more information about our work. Please help us to make those dark days brighter. For details contact Rachel on 07747 854914.
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