New Life Special Care Babies hosted its second charity golf day of the year on Friday, July 7th, at the picturesque Calcot Park Golf Course in Reading. The event was attended by 104 players who participated in a day filled with golf, a delightful BBQ, an auction, and an evening of live music courtesy of Elvis tribute band, Trouble. The day turned out to be a remarkable success, raising over £20,000. Among those competing were renowned footballers Lawrie Sanchez, Liam Brady, and Steve Gatting. These esteemed sports figures expressed their joy at being involved in the event and enjoyed the camaraderie and competitive spirit that permeated the day.
During the evening event, Jo Hilton, a Senior Neonatal Nurse from The Royal Berks Hospital in Reading, delivered a moving presentation on the invaluable work carried out by neonatal units and the critical role of specialised equipment in improving the lives of premature babies. New Life has generously provided the neonatal unit at The Royal Berks Hospital with a range of lifesaving equipment over the years, making a significant impact on the care they can provide and the outcomes for the premature babies in their care.
The auction showcased various items, including a football shirt donated and signed by Lawrie Sanchez, a coveted day of golf at the prestigious Wentworth Golf Club, and a pampering spa day for two at a Duncan Ballantyne venue. One of the players bought the spa day and kindly donated it to Senior Neonatal Nurse Jo Hilton. The generous contributions from the auction greatly bolstered the funds raised during the day. The auction was compered by Comedian Ian Richards.
There were prizes for the winning teams including Seamus Hayes claiming the coveted 'Nearest the Pin' prize. The teams known as 'Masterplanners,' 'Chairman's Chase,' and 'The Green Team' secured the top three positions, respectively.
Founder Trevor Goodall, unwavering in his pursuit of the £2 million target, expressed his delight and gratitude for the overwhelming support received. He remarked, "We had a fantastic day, and I am deeply touched by the tremendous support from everyone. It is heartening to witness the consistent participation of so many dedicated individuals at this event. With each passing year and the growth of our charity, we can fund more specialised equipment for neonatal units across the UK, ensuring that these very sick and premature babies receive the best possible start in life. Such equipment, had it been available 28 years ago when my twin boys were born, would undoubtedly have increased their chances of survival."