Cobham Stuntman Rocky’s Celebrity Golf Challenge For Hospice Funds
Take one stuntman, a boxer, a handful of snooker players, footballers and actors – and challenge them to a game of golf
Result: a cash bonus for the one good cause they all support – Princess Alice Hospice.
Stuntman Rocky Taylor – the Cobham-based veteran of scores of movies – hosted a day of golf followed by dinner and entertainment at Burhill Golf Club.
The day was enjoyed by former world champion boxer John Conteh, snooker stars Steve Davis, John Virgo and Ireland’s Patsy Fagan, as well as former England and West Ham footballer Trevor Brooking; QPR and Arsenal footballer Terry Mancini and A Touch Of Frost actor John Lyons.
During the evening fundraising dinner, at which comedian Kev Orkian brought the house down, an auction helped top up the funds – with items including a golfing voucher for four from Irish pro golfer John O’Leary and a signed album by actor/singer Jess Conrad.
Rocky called by the Hospice with John Virgo (former professional snooker player, co-host of BBC’s Big Break, and commentator for BBC snooker coverage) to hand over the £3,615 raised by the event held in August.
The golf and dinner is now in its third very successful year. To date Rocky and his fellow golfers have raised around £12,000 for the Hospice.
Tim Iredale, Princess Alice Senior Partnerships Fundraiser said: “It’s absolutely fantastic that Rocky and Burhill Golf Club chose to support the Hospice with this marvelous golf day for a third year in a row. It’s wonderful that all involved can have a brilliant day out on the course in the knowledge that they are also helping to support such a worthy cause.
“This funding is vital for us to be able to provide palliative end of life care and bereavement support across such a wide area.”
Rocky was especially grateful to Farrants of Cobham for supplying the 80 goodie bags for the players on the day; with extra thanks to organisers Paul and Anita Jones.
Next year Rocky will be auctioning signed copies of his upcoming autobiography Jump, Rocky, Jump at the event pencilled in for 16 August.
In the photo at the top of page
Cue for thanks: From left, snooker pundit John Virgo, Hospice Senior Partnerships Fundraiser Tim Iredale, and Rocky Taylor