As a result of this phenomenal total, dozens of severely disabled children and young people will have their lives transformed by powered wheelchairs and other specialist mobility equipment.
The event was held at the De Vere Carden Park Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa, near Chester, and included after dinner entertainment from Liverpool comedian John Bishop and UK queen of soul Beverley Knight.
It’s the third such event to be organised by the foundation, which was created in 2001 by businessman Steve Morgan OBE, founder and chairman of Redrow plc, chairman of the Bridgemere Group of companies and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC.
The last golf day in 2010 raised almost a quarter of a million pounds for two special schools in Wrexham and Wolverhampton.
Said Steve: “The Morgan Foundation is dedicated to making a difference by supporting charities across North Wales, Merseyside, West Cheshire and North Shropshire. With our 2012 golf day we’ve chosen to support Children Today, which is a national charity, but the money raised will all be spent to benefit children in the local area.
“Having a mobility aid means these children can feel a fraction of the sense of freedom most of us take for granted. Each piece of equipment costs between £1,500 and £16,000 – with many of the wheelchairs costing more than the average family car – and the cost is not covered by the NHS. The charity always has more children on its waiting list than they can provide for. Everyone who took part in our golf day or attended the gala dinner has helped to make a real difference.”
Guest of honour during the evening was 13-year-old Luke Nash who told guests what a difference owning a front wheel drive powered wheelchair has made to his life. Painted in the colours of his favourite football team, Leicester City blue, the chair allows Luke to interact with his friends, venture further afield independently and above all be comfortable and confident. Steve Morgan presented Luke with a Leicester City football shirt signed by the team, as well as a signed Wolves’ shirt in a bid to persuade him to change his allegiance!
Lois Lee, trusts and foundations officer for Children Today said: “It is practically unheard of for such a large amount of money to be raised in a single event of this type and we are delighted that The Morgan Foundation has chosen our children to be the main beneficiary. We are currently sifting through applications from children and young people who live within the Foundation’s remit area and know that a very significant number of them will be helped.”
Money was raised via ticket sales, an auction and prize draw with an impressive array of prizes including a 10-day holiday for 12 people on a private Caribbean island, a day of luxury on a 74-foot yacht in Majorca, a signed football donated by John Bishop from his recent UNICEF Soccer Aid experience and the chance to spend a day with the Cheshire police force.