Last week I collaborated with Bernards estate agents, who organise a golf day in aid of a local charity.
The day entails a round of golf in teams competing for various prizes before heading back to Waterlooville Golf Club for banter, drinks, dinner, a raffle and a charity auction (which is where I have to sing for my supper).
This was the second year of the event and once again all those who took part were impressed with the effort of the Bernard’s staff and partners in organising the day.
Regrettably I’m a terrible golfer. So bad that no-one will have me on their team. But when it comes to conducting the auction, I’m in the same class as Rory McIlroy!
Proceeds from the event were being donated to Reverse RETT Syndrome, a condition that affects 1 in 10,000, most commonly girls.
I first became aware of RETT Syndrome when I was asked by Bernards to conduct an auction in aid of a local girl called Harriet Philips, whose mum Kelly works tirelessly to raise awareness and funds for this most cruel condition.
Common symptoms include poor co-ordination, muscle wasting and seizures.
At nine, Harriet is wheelchair-bound, unable to talk or feed herself and incapable of performing basic tasks.
As is often the case with children facing such a daily struggle, Harriet appears happy, never short of a smile and is the positive focal point of her family.
We started proceedings with a game of ‘head and tails’ for £10 entry and raised nearly £1,000 for a chance to win a diamond pendant donated by Young George Jewellers.
The most popular auction lot proved to be four VIP tickets to see Michael Buble in December at the o2 Arena.
If this wasn’t tempting enough, the tickets included pre and after show drinks and buffet in a private lounge.
Mrs Cameron gave me strict instructions – ‘come home with those tickets or don’t come home.’
After some determined bidding they were eventually knocked down for £1,700. Sadly I didn’t win them!
With entry fees, raffle tickets and auction prizes we raised just over £10,000.
When you consider there were only 50 golfers and a total of 70 for the evening meal, that is a phenomenal amount.
Visit Kelly’s just giving page at justgiving.com/Hope4Harriet.