The annual charity golf day for Great Ormond Street Hospital was a success once again this year, with around £25,000 raised for the charity.
Organised every year by retired greyhound trainer Maurice Newman, the event took place at the Stapleford Abbotts Golf Club in Romford.
Several celebrities and high-profile guests were in attendance, including former footballer Teddy Sheringham and boxing legends John Conteh and Michael Watson.
With the help of an online auction and the sales of raffle tickets, £2,000 was also raised for a local homeless charity.
Great Ormond Street Hospital ambassador John Fox said: “The day went extremely well, the weather was extremely kind.
“We were very fortunate to have some really good guests coming along. Most special of all, we had Maurice Newman with us, he’s the prime mover of this event – he’s the governor.
“He’s spent the last 50 years raising money for GOSH. I can’t express our thanks for Maurice’s work. He’s such a great man with a passion for GOSH.
“He’s so keen on supporting GOSH because his sister in the late 1940s had what was thought to be a terminal kidney infection, but she was fortunate enough to go to GOSH where they suggested they try a trial drug, penicillin.
“Happily she recovered and had a healthy life. That was the reason why Maurice is keen to raise money for GOSH.”
He added: “The money raised is really important because up and down the country such events are key to supporting Great Ormond Street in areas that really help the kids and families of sick children. The funds raised are used to conduct vital research into childhood diseases, to rebuild and refurbish the hospital, to buy essential equipment and provide children and families support.”
Stapleford Abbotts Golf Club co-owner Tina Newman said: “As per usual, everyone turned up for Maurice’s day. We’ve had Teddy Sheringham, John Conteh, Michael Watson among others, they were fabulous.
“Everyone had a super day and everybody was smiling. The support we had from all our staff was brilliant.
“The greenkeepers did a superb job of the course. It was a wonderful day.”
Former boxer John Conteh said: “The golf was really good – I played with three great guys and I think we scored well and played well.
“It’s a wonderful event – Maurice Newman arranges it all for Great Ormond Street, a fantastic charity, and it’s just a wonderful thing to come out and play golf, something I love anyway.”