28 August 2012 Last Updated: 27 June 2013

By Jake O'Reilly

Stars of stage, screen and sport turned out in force to help raise £26,000 during Rick Wakeman’s annual charity day at Burhill Golf Club in aid of Sparks.

It was the 17th successive year the former Yes keyboard player has staged his fundraising day at Burhill raising valuable funds for Sparks, a charity committed to helping pioneer research projects across a wide spectrum of medical conditions, including childhood cancers, cerebral palsy, premature birth and spina bifida.

Celebrities taking part in this year’s event included Simply Red lead singer Mick Hucknall, Olympian Kris Akabusi, former snooker player Willie Thorne and ex-England and Manchester United winger Steve Coppell.

In total 25 teams of four took to the venue’s famous Old Course but it was the Proflex team led by Hucknall and including George Collatcott, Ray Savory and Mark Green who topped the leaderboard.

Following the golf guests were treated to a sit down meal in Burhill Golf Club’s new 300-capacity events marquee, located in the Walled Garden of the Georgian mansion clubhouse.

Rick, along with his son Adam performed an exclusive concert, following a variety of celebrity acts, charity auction and the evening was rounded off with a disco.

Rick Wakeman, said: “This was the first time in 17 years that my dear friend Eric Sykes played no part and everyone involved joined me in remembering his contribution to this golf tournament over many years.

“We had fine weather and after a great day’s golf we adjourned to the fantastic Marquee for an evening’s entertainment. I was very pleased to present Sparks with a cheque for £26,000 and once again Burhill Golf Club and Gill Fee in particular, really did us proud with another memorable day.”

David Cook, Burhill Golf Club General Manager, added: “Each year Rick and his friends raise thousands of pounds for Sparks and we are only too happy to lend our support to them for this worthwhile cause.”

For further information on Sparks please visit www.sparks.org.uk. For more details on Burhill Golf Club visit www.burhillgolf-club.co.uk.




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