Me­mo­rial event named af­ter late ac­tor raises thou­sands for char­ity

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Jack­_84_A­bell

A GOLF day named af­ter the late ac­tor War­ren Clarke, who was from Bea­cons­field, has raised thou­sands of pounds for char­ity.

The War­ren Clarke Me­mo­rial Golf Day was re­cently held at Bicester Ho­tel Golf and Spa in mem­ory of the star who died last year.

It was hosted by ac­tor Den­nis Water­man, who had run the event for the past three years with Mr Clarke, rais­ing more than £35,000 for He­len and Dou­glas House.

This year, £19,000 was raised for the char­ity, bring­ing the to­tal over four years to £54.000.

Eigh­teen teams took part, with 54 golfers and 18 celebri­ties at the event last month, with play­ers from all over the coun­try.

Each team of three golfers were joined by a celebrity in­clud­ing James Bo­lam, Gareth Hale and Kevin Whately, as well as exs­ports­men such as Luther Blis­sett, Steve Cop­pell, John Con­teh and Ossie Ardiles.

The win­ning team from Bea­cons­field were called Sta­dium of Light and was made-up of John Wil­son, Alexan­der Wil­son, Martin Bosley and former foot­ball man­ager Dave Bas­sett.

A pic­ture of Mr Clarke in the BBC se­ries Poldark was bought by Bea­cons­field res­i­dent Craig Ren­nie, which will be dis­played at Stix, Mr Clarke’s favourite wine bar in the town.

Mr Clarke’s wife Michele and daugh­ter Georgia at­tended a din­ner at the ho­tel which took place af­ter the golf.

Mr Water­man said: “It was an amaz­ing day and a fit­ting trib­ute to a won­der­ful man that we had a record num­ber of teams and celebri­ties par­tic­i­pat­ing this year. War­ren would have been de­lighted.

“I would like to say a big thank you to ev­ery­one who came to the golf day, who do­nated auc­tion items and to our spon­sors The Pre­mier League, Cre8­tive Rooms and Stix Bar.

“With­out them we would not have been able to raise so much money.

“He­len and Dou­glas House was a char­ity close to War­ren’s heart so I am de­lighted we raised so much money for them.”

Fundraiser: (Clock­wise from above) Roger Riggs, Den­nis Water­man, David Tim­mins and Cliff Hill at the golf day; ac­tor Jomes Bo­lam with a guest; the pic­ture of War­ren Clarke in Poldark was auc­tioned; ac­tor Kevin Whately with golfer Russ Morley

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