Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens benefited from more than £560,000 in its role as the Official Charity of the BMW PGA Championship.
The majority of that figure came from the Horan and Rose Gala Dinner and Golf Day, organised by One Direction popstar Niall Horan and former US Open Champion Justin Rose, which was a massive success on Bank Holiday Monday, May 31.
Through auctions and golf-related initiatives on Monday, around £460,000 was raised, adding to the £100,000 amassed from the tournament the previous week at Wentworth Club, where numerous activities took place.
The Celebrity Pro-Am day on Wednesday, now an eagerly-anticipated fixture when dozens of famous faces and celebrities from the worlds of sport, entertainment and business take to the West Course with their professional, raised £38,600.
Of that, £26,000 came from winning bids at an auction for two places in the Pro-Am, while Byeong Hung An and Jamie Redknapp donated half of their £10,000 first prize for winning the inaugural ISPS Handa Pressure Putt Showdown, the other half going to the International Golf Federation.
The amateurs chipped in with £2,600 from the traditional ‘hit the green’ competition at the par-three 14th hole, and the new, extended Totally Mega Putt Challenge, now a whopping 100ft, was a huge success in the Championship Village, raising £1,000.
Niall said: “I’m so glad we’ve been able to raise so much money for Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens. Cancer is the biggest killer of children, teens and young adults in the UK which is why it’s so important to raise money to find cures and kinder treatments for the disease.
“Meeting the kids and their families was amazing, they had been through so much, but they were all so strong and positive. It was really inspiring.”
Cancer Research UK is the biggest funder of research into childhood cancers in the UK. Cancer Research UK supported a trial that led to a dramatic improvement in survival for a type of children's liver cancer called hepatoblastoma. Now eight out of ten children survive, compared to two out of ten in the 1970s.
For information about Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens, visit cruk.org/kidsandteens