THE LATEST charity golf day held by the Lily Mae Foundation saw just a few pounds short of £10,000 being raised in memory of Lily Mae Jackson who was ‘born sleeping’ in 2010.
The event, organised by Ryan and Amy Jackson, is the fifth to have been held since the family’s tragic day.
And this year’s was the biggest and most successful yet, with teams of golfers – including a number of local celebrities – taking part in the golf competition and evening dinner and dance at The Belfy golf course to raise an impressive £9,952.15 for the Foundation.
The Foundation’s main focus is to provide memory boxes to local hospitals for parents to create precious memories of their babies and also to support bereaved parents and families and help to support research into stillbirth and neonatal death to try and reduce the incidence of such tragedies.
The event itself – sponsored by Hollywood Monster – saw 30 teams of golfers battle not only each other, but the inclement weather in their pursuit of victory.
Steve Hawking from Crimson Foundation, one of the event partners, won the individual men’s competition while the women’s individual winner was Jacky Ford from team Aspire, Expect, Achieve.
The Team Winners were Team Villa – a handy foursome made up of former Aston Villa players Lee Hendrie and Gareth Farrelly, ex England and British Lions Player Tim Stimpson and David Jupp from event partner Quilter Cheviot.
Syntner BMW provided a mini for the hole in one prize for the second year running, but nobody managed to claim it.
The evening dinner dance was attended by 270 guests and compered by Jo and Sparky from Free Radio.
Dino Baptiste and his band kept the guests entertained with some music and memories of the evening were captured by Essay Photography who donated their time for free.
“The Foundation would like to thank The Belfry staff for their organisation and service during the golf and the dinner,” said Ryan and Amy who have two sons – Alfie (7) and Freddie (3).
“The feedback from the event indicates that this was the ‘best yet’ and certainly the amount raised would support this feeling.
“We are tremendously grateful to be able to bring stillbirth and neonatal death out of the shadows and to provide parents, families and friends the opportunity to remember their babies and we look forward to a bigger and even better event next year.”
A full list of event partners the Foundation would like to thank is as follows:
• Hunters Estate Agents
• Hollywood Monster
• Adams Golf
• Authorised Designs Ltd
• Sytner BMW Solihull
• Simply Stylish Sofas
• Blue Chilli
• Joseph Ash
• Orange Tree
• Enzo Hair Salon
• Knowe Smile Spa
• Complete Cricket
• Quilter Cheviot
• Sub 70 Clothing
• Greensleeves, Solihull
• Crimson Foundation
For more information or support visit: www.lilymaefoundation.org or find them of Facebook or Twitter.
The Foundation has just been awarded £2,500 from the Birmingham International Airport Community Trust Fund in support of the development of it’s website. As The Foundation needed to match this very kind award in order to receive the funding, the event was most timely.