The Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK charity golf day has raised £25,365.97, the highest amount in the history of the event which, since its launch in 2011, has now boosted the charity’s funds by more than £85,000.
Sponsored by Celton Manx for the fourth successive year, the golf day and dinner were held at the Mount Murray Hotel in September and attracted 18 teams drawn largely from the Island’s business community.
The Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK, which conducts pioneering research into bowel cancer, was founded in partnership with Cancer Research UK by Stephanie Moore MBE in memory of her husband, legendary West Ham United Football Club player Bobby Moore OBE, who died of the disease in February 1993, aged 51.
Architect of the golf day is Lars Ugland who heads the organising team and who, together with his wife Geraldine, was close friends with Bobby Moore. Mr and Mrs Ugland have continued that friendship with his widow Stephanie, an ardent supporter of the event who was guest of honour at this year’s prize presentation and dinner.
Stephanie Moore said: ‘I would like to thank everyone involved for all the hard work and dedication that helped make the fourth Bobby Moore Fund charity golf day such a tremendous success, in particular the event organiser and his team, Lars Ugland and of course the event sponsor Celton Manx and Bill Mummery. Not only was it a fabulous day of golf, it also raised the amazing sum of £25,365.97 which will be spent on dedicated bowel cancer research by Cancer Research UK. Bowel cancer is still the country’s second highest killing cancer. The money raised will help our scientists to find better ways of diagnosing and treating this disease as well as working towards the day when bowel cancer is cured.’
Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery said: ‘For the golf day to have raised such a substantial figure is a truly outstanding achievement. It is not only a testament to all the time and effort Lars and his team devote to arranging what is always a superbly organised event, but also to the tireless inspiration of Stephanie Moore and the enthusiastic support of the Island’s business community.
‘As operator of the global sports book SBOBET, a former long-standing sponsor of West Ham United Football Club, Celton Manx is pleased to be continuing that association by sponsoring the Bobby Moore Fund charity golf day, an event helping to accelerate ground-breaking research into a disease which is, in many cases, treatable if caught early.’
Stephanie Moore is pictured centre with, left to right, Bill Mummery, Pat Blake and Geraldine and Lars Ugland. Photo Bill Dale