Thanks…

Variety Golf thanks all our commercial sponsors without whose help and support we would not be able to carry out the work that we do on behalf of disadvantaged and disabled children. Whenever possible please support them in return.

KEEL TOYS

Keel Toys is one of the largest designer, importer and exporter of soft toys in the UK with an extensive blue chip customer base.  Established in 1947, Keel Toys is a third generation, family run business, under the directorship of brothers, Richard, David, John and James Keel. Each plays an active role within the company on a daily basis in the capacity of Managing Director, Financial Director, Sales Director and Marketing Director respectively. With over 500 different products and 20 different ranges, we have the right products for all needs.

Contact Richard Keel – Sevington Business Park, Ashford, Kent, TN24 0SG  Phone:+44 (0) 1233 506363. e-mail: sales@keeltoys.com

YOUR GOLF TRAVEL

We are the world’s largest golf travel company, specialising in breaks and holidays to more than 3,500 destinations across the UK, Ireland, Europe and the rest of the world.  From bespoke golf tours to tournament experiences, including The Masters at Augusta National, The Open Championship and The Ryder Cup, we offer a huge range of options to suit every golfer. Booking with us guarantees expert advice, major championship service and unrivalled choice, all supported by our low-price guarantee, allowing you to experience the very best holiday at the very best price.

Contact Darren Bragg on 07766 745562 or by email – darren.bragg@yourgolftravel.com  Cloister Court,22-26 Farringdon Lane, Lndon, EC1R 3AJ

PERTEMPS RECRUITMENT

As one of the UK’s largest recruiters, Pertemps provides permanent, contract and temporary staffing solutions across all sectors and industries. With over 100 branches & 1000’s of jobs available nationwide, we have the passion & expertise to help you find the right job.

Contact Chris Badrick by email – chris.badrick@pertemps.co.uk  The Arcade, 32-34 High Street, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 1YB

PING

At home one evening in 1959, Karsten Solheim putts with his first prototype putter head, and the tuning-fork-like construction makes a ‘ping’ sound when impacting the ball. Karsten excitedly runs into the kitchen and announces to his wife, Louise, “I’ve got a name for my putter!” Soon thereafter, he files for a patent on the PING 1-A putter. Three years later, the patent is granted and the rest is history. Ping is one of the leading worldwide Golf Club manufacturers.

Contact Rick Stanton – Ping Europe Limited, Corringham Road, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, DN21 1XZ  Tel: 01427 615405

THE PREMIER LEAGUE

The Premier League is the most-watched sports league in the world, broadcast in 212 territories to 643 million homes and a potential TV audience of 4.7 billion people. Contested by 20 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the English Football League (EFL). Seasons run from August to May with each team playing 38 matches (playing all 19 other teams both home and away).[1] Most games are played on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

30, Gloucester Place, London W1U 8PL, e-mail: info@premierleague.com (feedback)  Phone: +44 0 20 7864 9000

RED COMMUNICATIONS

Welcome to Red Communications, a Hertfordshire based communications and accessories supplier offering an excellent mobile and landline service to corporate clients.  Red Communications supply premium quality mobile accessories and other innovative products including all O2 Business tariffs to suit any business requirements of Sole Traders, Small, Medium and Large Companies.  As O2 Business Partners the company will totally manage clients’ mobile requirements while retaining existing accounts with O2. Red Communications are now the official UK distributor of Rokit phones.

Contact Nick Green by e-mail: nick@redcommunications.co.uk  Highstone House, 165 High Street, Barnet, Hertfordshire, EN5 5SU,+(44) 208 4400 007

SKECHERS GOLF

Robert Greenberg founded Skechers in 1992. At the time, L.A. Gear had a lock on the women’s athletic market and Nike dominated the market for men’s athletic wear. But there were no industry giants who controlled men’s and women’s street shoes. This provided Skechers an opportunity to champion a new and expanding niche market in the U.S.A. Today, Skechers is a global leader in footwear. A two-billion-dollar leader in thousands of stores to be exact. With more than 3,000 styles designed, developed, and marketed for men, women, and children.

Contact Craig Bousfield – 01707 624 772 

COMMERCIAL ACCEPTANCES

The company has been providing short-term property finance since 1982 with the aim of providing finance simply, clearly and as quickly as possible – from first call to approval can take as little as 24 hours. Our experts Lawrence, Daniel and Nic are always accessible and will work with you directly. No two loans are the same and every loan is built around clients’ specific requirements. We know property inside out, particularly in London and the South East and as part of Close Brothers Group, we’re backed by the UK’s largest independent fully quoted merchant bank.

Contact Lawrence Brown by email – lawrence@acceptances.co.uk or call on 0203 8576350

THE ACORN GROUP

Founded in 1984 as a one-office, independent estate agency in Grove Park, The Acorn Group now employs 400 staff, working from over 36 different offices. As a market leader, the company has a genuinely networked, joined-up approach and has been identified by the London Stock Exchange as one of 1000 companies to inspire Britain. For over 35 years the driving force behind The Acorn Group has been to put clients first, revolving the whole service around them and, by doing so,  create something different. Something better.

Contact: Robert Sargent  tel:020 8315 6999 Robert.Sargent@acorngroup.co.uk 

WILMOT BUDGEN

Wilmot-Budgen is a family-owned business with over 45 years’ experience in the creation of point of sale and retail display. With our own design, manufacturing and logistics facility, we are unrivalled in our ability to offer a fully integrated service to our clients. Fuelled by a combination of creativity, flexibility and our capacity to forge strong relationships with some of the world’s top brands and retailers, we can enhance profitability and help reduce environmental impact. Long-term relationships with a wide range of prestigious high street retailers include Boots, Superdrug, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrison’s.

W B House, 52 Ullswater Cres, Coulsdon CR5 2HR.  Call Michael Budgen on 020 8763 4040

WMT CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS

WMT never loses sight of the fact that work is about people, every bit as much as it is about numbers.  WMT work with different types of businesses, charities and private individuals, bringing a broad perspective and fresh ideas, with the goal of supporting clients through tough decisions, exciting changes and longed-for achievements -as well as taking the weight out of the compliance burden.  The company’s client service contacts understand how clients operate, coordinating support so that the full resources of the firm are speedily available when needed.

Contact Andrew Williamson – WMT  2nd Floor, 7, St Johns Street, London, EC1M 4AA  0207 253 0064

ROBINSON-JACKSON PROPERTY AGENTS

The history of Robinson Jackson dates back 50 years to the 1960s. With twenty-two branches in London and Kent, it has the resources to promote customer’s properties, find the perfect home or perhaps an investment property. Speak to a member of our staff, pick up our latest property brochures or click onto our website and you will see why we have such a trusted reputation. Our staff are available until late, even on Sundays. Just let us know how we can help you.

Contact Alan Robinson – alan.robinson@robinson-jackson.com or call 01322 559 900

KALEIDOSCOPE HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Launched in 2008, Kaleidoscope is a global independent all-rights entertainment distributor, with theatrical, digital, physical and international distribution operations. Their catalogue contains more than 1,700 features including family animation StarDog and TurboCat, Spycies, a madcap espionage animation feature from the team behind Secret Life of Pets, Despicable Me and Minions; Joss Whedon’s acclaimed Much Ado About Nothing; Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner The Wolfpack; family animated features, and many others.

Contact Spencer Pollard at 6 Newman Passage, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1EH.  020 3397 4410

TRADITIONAL BRICK AND STONE

The brick market offers 1000’s of products with various textures, colours and dimensions. We have in-house hand blenders who create bespoke blends to best match individual requirements. All orders are supplied shrink-wrapped on free-of-charge non-returnable pallets. The company also stocks an inspirational portfolio of traditional clay pavers suitable for landscaping, commercial and domestic applications as well as  a comprehensive range of Architectural Stone, including Natural Stone, Wet Cast Stone and Reconstituted Cast Stone.

Speak to Dan Sims on 01889 574 466  or e-mail:sales@traditionalbrickandstone.co.uk

KBRFX

At KBRFX Limited endeavour to help businesses and individuals to make the most of their foreign currency requirements by providing preferential exchange rates on currency purchases with NO commission or charges for transfers over £3,000 (or equivalent in other currencies). Our proactive team will keep you constantly updated of the market in order to help avoid the pitfalls of adverse currency swings. We pride ourselves on a fast & accurate service with excellent exchange rates which sets us apart from our competitors.

Contact Vic Rampersad – vik@kbrfx.com or at Riverside Business Centre, Fort Road, Tilbury, RM18 7ND  Tel: 0800 8778 466 

KENNEDYS INDEPENDENT PROPERTY AGENTS

When you choose to market your property with Kennedys, you will receive your very own FREE property website to share online with family and friends. Team members are all trained by industry experts to guide clients through the moving process, giving advice that can be trusted, and support and marketing to ultimately result in the successful sale of your home.

Contact: Peter Kennedy at 48 Walton Street, Tadworth, Surrey, KT20 7RT Tel: 01737 817718   info@kennedys-ipa.co.uk

TRAVIS PERKINS

Travis Perkins is the UK’s largest builder’s merchant and has been supplying the UK’s building and construction markets for more than 200 years, building an enviable reputation for product quality and customer service along the way.  Across many categories Travis provides tools and materials ranging from products suitable for landscaping and gardening projects to interior decorating, joinery, bathrooms, kitchens and so much more.  Go online to Travisperkins.co.uk to quickly discover all the tools and materials you need.

For queries please email customerservice@travisperkins.co.uk or call 0330 123 3846 

SYNECORE

Specialising in Electrical, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Service and Installation, Synecore offers a personable and professional approach to mechanical and electrical contracting. A national network of engineers and suppliers delivers electrical, air conditioning installation, ventilation, refrigeration, cold rooms and plumbing contracts across Kent, London and the wider UK. We are the preferred M&E contractor for clients in the hospitality, retail, leisure and commercial sectors, aiding their national roll-out as they grow.

Contact Paul Thomas at Synecore Ltd, Unit 1 Conqueror Court, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 5BH. 01795 509 509. e-mail: sales@synecore.co.uk

CENTURY FINANCIAL PLANNING

The company provides clients with the knowledge and tools to help prioritise goals, create a financial plans and manage their portfolios. Advisers offer specialist experience in the fields of pension planning (pre and post retirement), investment and lifestyle planning. Century aims to continually improving its knowledge and pride themselves on remaining current and up to date in a fast changing industry.

Contact Alan Bird, St Stephens House, Arthur Road, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1RU. Phone: 01753 622 756. e-mail: mail@centuryfp.co.uk

EDIT RESIDENTIAL

At Edit Residential we create properties and developments that challenge expectations. Our team is empowered and passionate about considered design, taking a precise approach in every detail. Our fluid design process engages the imagination, creating properties that are relevant and progressive. We pride ourselves on delivering a personable, informed service to our clients, treating each property and development with individual care.

Contact Jamie Aherne – 26c George St, St Albans, AL3 4ES Tel: 01727 582050. info@editresidential.com    www.editresidential.com

GOLF MONTHLY

Golf Monthly is the world’s oldest golf magazine founded in 1911.  Its first editor was two-time Open Championship winner Harold Hilton. The magazine is published monthly by TI Media based in Farnborough. It publishes 13 issues a year and has a popular website. The magazine’s editor is Michael Harris

Contact Mike Harris, TI Media. Pinehurst 2, Pinehurst Road, Farnborough Business Park, Farnborough GU14 7BF. Tel: 01252 555000 

THE WILLIAM PEARS GROUP

The William Pears Group is one of the UK’s largest property companies with £6 billion of property in London and south-east England. Founded in 1952 by Bernard Pears and his son Clive Pears, it is now run by Mark Pears with his younger brothers Trevor and David. Along with his brothers, Sir Trevor established the Pears Foundation to apply some of the resources of the Group to fund organisations and projects working to deliver progress on key issues affecting the wellbeing of people in the UK and all over the world.

Contact Sarah Casey – Clive House, 2 Old Brewery Mews, London, NW3 1PZ, Tel: 020 7433 333. contact@pearsfoundation.org.uk

EUROPEAN TOUR FOUNDATION

The Foundation creates opportunities to improve lives and help communities in which the European Tour operates through the creation of empowering charitable partnerships. It also works to develop the global game of golf and support players’ charitable activities. Whether it’s donating to a favourite charity, providing memorabilia or prizes for a charity event, supporting a player’s charitable foundation or helping with junior golf programmes and academies, the Foundation is there to help.

European Tour Building, Wentworth Drive, Surrey, GU25 4LX Tel: 01344 840400

COMPLETE GOLFER

The Complete Golfer has been trading since 1990, and since then has grown to be one of the largest independent golf retailers in the UK offering a huge selection of all top brand golf equipment, golf shoes, clothing and accessories. Best service and lowest prices are guaranteed with an advanced launch monitor club-fitting service, electric trolley repairs, speedy regripping and a range of high-quality designer clothing.

Contact Lawrence Bailey – lawrence@completegolfer.co.uk  1-2 Clive Parade, Northwood HA6 2QF  Tel: 01923 836059

BUSHNELL

The company was founded in 1948 by David P. Bushnell, when he returned to California from his honeymoon in Japan with two crates of binoculars and sold them by mail order. Today the company is the industry leader in high-performance golf GPS & laser rangefinders building the most technologically advanced rangefinders in golf.

Contact: Craig Bousfield – Bushnell-UK, YUMAX Golf, Alton Golf Club, Old Odiham Road, Alton, Hants, GU34 4BU Phone: 0330 331 0192. info@yumaxgolf.com

THE CHARACTER GROUP

The Character Group plc is engaged in the design, development and international distribution of toys, games and giftware. The business was founded by Richard King in 1991 and today employs around two hundred people with offices in London, Manchester, Hong Kong and China. Amongst the company’s portfolio of over forty brands are the BBC’s ‘Dr Who’, Disney’s ‘Pokemon’, ‘Peppa Pig’ and ‘Postman Pat’.

Contact Kiran Shah: 86-88 Coombe Road, New Malden, Surrey, KT3 4QS. Tel: 44 (0) 20 8949 5898

Thank you…

Variety Golf is grateful to the following members and organisations for their continuing generosity and support either through sponsoring events, making donations or contributing to our auctions and fundraising appeals.

Aircraft Golf Society

Alan Bird

Alan Robinson

Alec Tuckerman

Alex Yazdani

Alfie Ezekiel

Andrew Wilding

Andrew Williamson

Anthony Trafford

Ash Peters

Barry Root

Bernie Flockhart

Bernie Newmarch

Bip Wetherel

Bob Morton & Family

Chris Badrick

Chris Halbard

Dan Sims

Dave Bassett

Dave Horwood

David Deans

David Harris

David Kyte

David Mattey

David Murrell

David Pears

David Redfearn

David Ridler

Dyrham Park GC

Eddy Garty

GAMA

Gavin Hawes

Gavin Wilding

Geoff Irvine

Golf Trust

Hilliard Family

Ian Greest

Ian Irving

Joe Hemani

John Conteh MBE

John Griffin

John Shefras

Keith & Sue Andrews

Lawrence Brown

Lawrie Sanchez

Len Goodman

Mark Gawor

Mark Ramprakash MBE

Martin Coyne

Martin Rose

Michael Aminzade

Michael Budgen

Michael Jaye

Michael King

Michael Rees

Mike Moody

Mike Spanswick

Neil Baker

Neil Bookatz

Nick Dible

Nick Green

Old Whitgiftian Golf Society

Paul Saunders

Peter James

Peter Tillotson

Pip Burley

Raj Sandhu

Richard Keel

Richard King

Rob Sargent

Robert Goldstein

Roger De Courcey

Roger Riggs

Ron Winchester

Russ Abbot

Sir Trevor Brooking

Spencer Pollard

Stan & Andrea Boardman

Steve Burrows

Steve Coppell

Steve Rigby

Steve Samuels

Stuart Bell

Stuart Bookatz

Terry Berry

Tommy White

Tony Barrett

Tony Negal

Vic Armstrong

Vik Rampersad

William Saunders

…and to all those others who have helped us in so many ways over the years.

What our members say…

“I have been a member of Variety Golf now since 1982 and have been at countless coach presentations. Yet I still get a tear in my eye watching the excitement and happiness that receiving a coach gives the children.”

Tony Negal

“It is humbling to listen to the thanks from the wonderful teachers and support staff who take care of the kids, when in truth it is us who should thank them for the selfless way they devote their lives to helping others”

Keith Andrews

“I am proud to have sponsored Sunshine Coaches over the years and honoured to be a member of the executive committee of Variety Golf, helping guide the charity forward during difficult times”.

Pip Burley

“My brother was mentally handicapped and after my parents were no longer able to look after him, he went to a residential home and I witnessed at first hand their inability to go out to the seaside or country parks. So, when I see the smiles on the children’s faces standing in front of their new Sunshine Coaches, I can fully appreciate what this means to them – so it gives me the greatest pleasure in making a contribution towards making these children’s lives more pleasurable”.

Anthony Trafford

“I recently said to our children & grandchildren that the giving of money to the Variety Golf Charity and then seeing Sunshine Coaches being presented to special teachers & their special pupils was, for their Mum/Grandma & I, the best gift we could ever make. The best money we could ever spend.”

Alan Robinson

“As members, we all love to see the children with their teachers collecting their ‘Sunshine Coach’ on our golf days. To see the children’s joy makes it all worthwhile. We never lose sight that while we are having fun playing golf, we are all doing something special.”

Nick Green

“It’s always a very humbling and inspiring experience to see how much joy it brings to the children – with the excitement of the new opportunities that open for their school – when they receive their new Sunshine Coach!”

Michael Budgen

“I am very honoured to be part of the Variety Club Golf Society, a charity that has so many individuals both from the entertainment, sport and business world who give countless amounts of time and money to make the lives of many children and their teachers better.   The children are so appreciative of the coaches the charity provides and it is a very special feeling to see the smiles on their faces as they are handed the keys to their new coaches, which make a huge difference to their way of life”.

Spencer Pollard