Rocky’s fourth challenge makes a charity difference

When a stuntman, a boxer, a handful of footballers and celebrities get on the golf course – anything could happen.

Luckily, it resulted in a cash bonus for the one good cause they all support – Princess Alice Hospice.

Stuntman Rocky Taylor – the Cobham-based veteran of scores of action movies – hosted an afternoon of golf followed by dinner and entertainment at Burhill Golf Club, raising £4,903 for the Hospice.

The event was enjoyed by former world champion boxer John Conteh, football manager and TV pundit Harry Redknapp, former England and West Ham footballer Trevor Brooking; QPR and Arsenal footballer Terry Mancini; former England and Watford player Luther Blissett; TV motoring presenter Tiff Needell and singer/actor Jess Conrad – in all a 100-strong group of players.

During the evening fundraising dinner, comedian Bobby Davro raised the roof with laughter and Britain’s Got Talent finalist Wayne Woodward entertained with his smooth singing style.

An auction helped top up the total; lots included Rocky’s autobiography Jump, Rocky, Jump and an evening’s private performance by Wayne Woodward.

Rocky called by the Hospice to hand over the money raised by the August event.

The golf and dinner is now in its fourth very successful year. To date, Rocky and his fellow golfers have raised around £17,500 for the Hospice.

Claire Woodward, Princess Alice Hospice Community Partnerships and Events Lead, said:

“It’s absolutely fantastic that Rocky and Burhill Golf Club chose to support the Hospice with this marvellous golf day for the fourth 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 expressed his own thanks to Burhill Golf Course – and the organising skills of ex Southampton, Liverpool and Welsh international goalkeeper Paul and Jones and his wife Annette who pulled together the entire event.

Next year’s Rocky Taylor and John Virgo Golf Day is pencilled in for 14 August – contact for details and bookings.