Watford Borough Council and Everyone Active have raised over £6,450 to support charities across the town by holding their inaugural ‘Watford Helps Appeal Charity Golf Day’ on 9 July.
Around 72 people, including Watford FC's record holding goal scorer Luther Blissett and representatives from businesses and organisations across Watford took part in the golf day at Rickmansworth Golf Course. Other ex-Watford players that took part in the day include Nigel Gibbs, Ian Bolton, Trevor How, Neil Price, Allan Smart, as well as James Bond star Colin Salmon.
The event was in aid of the Watford Helps Appeal, which is providing vital funding for over 50 local charities to help them to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. The appeal has already raised £172,276 and donations have ensured emergency food to those in need, support to victims of domestic abuse and those with mental health issues, shelter for the homeless, care for those bereaved, support to those who have lost their jobs and much more.
Murill Construction Ltd, Imagine Property Group, Veolia UK and Scala were the main sponsors of the golf day this year and 100% of the green fees paid by the players will go directly to the appeal thanks to Everyone Active. Many other local businesses also donated money and gifts.
Watford FC's record holding goal scorer Luther Blissett took part and supported the Golf Day
Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, said: “I would like to thank everyone who took part in the Charity Golf Day, your support and kind donations will help over 50 charities in the town. Thank you to all the local companies who donated it is much appreciated. Also, a special thank you to the team at Rickmansworth Golf Course and Everyone Active for helping make the day a great success and a fun event for all who took part.
“It was fantastic to see so many golfers back out on the golf course and enjoying a round of golf, all to raise vital funds for charity. I’m delighted that we could host this event in a physical setting, as the majority of my fundraising activities this year have been virtual.”
Matthew Mason, Managing Director at sponsor Murill Construction Limited said: “Supporting the local community in which we work is close to our hearts, we are therefore proud to be able to once again support the Mayor’s charity which is a great way of helping groups and individuals who provide support to those that need it the most.”
Mike Cole Managing Director at sponsor Imagine Property Group “While property business have come through Covid well, we are acutely aware many have been less fortunate. Anything we can do to support them is a given.”
For more information about the Watford Covid Appeal, please visit www.watfordcovidappeal.org. You can also donate via SMS - text 'WATFORD' TO 70201 (£1), 70331 (£3), 70970 (£5) AND 70191 (£10)
Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor practising at the Rickmansworth Golf Day