The Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK charity golf day has raised £31,075.56, the highest amount in the history of the event.
First held in 2011 and sponsored each year by Celton Manx the golf days have boosted the charity’s funds by more than £115,000.
The event and dinner were held at the Mount Murray Hotel in June, and attracted 17 teams drawn largely from the Island’s business community, who were joined by former professional footballers turned commentators Tony Gale and Tony Cottee.
The Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK was founded in 1993 in partnership with Cancer Research UK by Stephanie Moore MBE in memory of her husband, West Ham United Football Club player Bobby Moore OBE, who died of bowel cancer in February 1993, aged 51. To date the fund has raised more than £21 million for research into the disease.
As in previous years, heading the golf day’s organising team was Lars Ugland who, together with his wife Geraldine, was close friends with Bobby Moore. The couple have continued their friendship with Stephanie Moore who was guest of honour at the prize presentation and dinner.
Receiving the cheque from Mr Ugland together with Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery Stephanie Moore said: ‘Once again the golf day has proved an absolute triumph and I am so very grateful to everyone involved for helping to raise such a magnificent sum. A special thanks is due to Lars and his colleagues for organising such a successful event and to Celton Manx for their continued support. It is always a pleasure to visit the Isle of Man and be part of what I am delighted to see has become such a popular fixture in the island’s golfing calendar.
‘The money raised will go towards furthering Cancer Research UK’s pioneering research into bowel cancer, the second most common cause of cancer death in the UK but also a disease which, if caught early, responds to simpler treatment and can be more effective. We know one day research will beat bowel cancer and it is fundraising events such as this golf day which gives us all hope that that day will come sooner.’
Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery said: ‘The golf day has proved a fantastic demonstration of support from the island’s business community. As always Lars and his team organised the event with meticulous attention to detail and I am delighted that their efforts and the generosity of everyone involved have resulted in raising this outstanding sum.
‘Celton Manx, as operator of the global sports book SBOBET, a former long-standing sponsor of West Ham United Football Club, is proud of its continued association with the fund and with Stephanie whose tireless commitment to the fund is an inspiration to us all.
‘We are pleased to have sponsored this event, which not only provides a great day’s golf, but also helps to promote awareness of bowel cancer and raise funds for Cancer Research UK so it can continue its research and translate scientific discovery into lasting medical benefits.’
Stephanie Moore, second left, is pictured receiving the cheque from Lars and Geraldine Ugland and Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery