Charity golf day remembering Leo growing in popularity

ON COURSE Simon Allen, left, and co-organiser Dominic Valente.
ON COURSE Simon Allen, left, and co-organiser Dominic Valente.

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An annual charity golf tournament is going from strength to strength.

The Leo Allen Memorial Trophy is organised by Simon Allen, from Purbrook, in memory of his son Leo who died in 2007 following a terminal illness.

The event has grown in popularity over the past eight years. The first year hosted 24 players but this year there will be a capacity field of 76 players competing for prizes.

The golf will once again be played at the Meon Valley Marriott Hotel on August 6.

Royal Navy Warrant Officer 1 Simon and his co-organiser Dominic Valente, from Porchester, run the golf day and have raised money for many children’s charities, including Naomi House Hospice, Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Make a Wish foundation.

Chestnut Tree House, near Arundel, is this year’s chosen charity.

It feels great to have this magnificent day remembering Leo, whilst being able to give something back to this amazing charity after what they have done for our family and many others

Simon Allen

They are a children’s hospice that provide support both in-house and at home to families of children with life limiting or terminal illness.

It is a charity very close to Simon and his wife Kellie’s heart, as their youngest son Jude currently suffers from life limiting severe intestinal failure.

Simon said: ‘Chestnut Tree House have provided the family with invaluable support through times of crisis and also provided excellent respite periods, which Jude loves.

‘It feels great to have this magnificent day remembering Leo, whilst being able to give something back to this amazing charity after what they have done for our family and many others.

‘The memorial is an extremely special day to all my family, friends and participants.

‘The day is normally a huge success with great prizes up from grabs on every hole.

‘Support this year has been amazing, with many sponsors, including local companies Hendy Group, 8Wealth management, Brewers, Pusser’s Rum and Hampshire Flag to name a few.

‘So many people go above and beyond and the amount of money raised would not be possible without the generous support and sponsorship from all concerned.’