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Sports celebrities 'chip in' for Arms Around the Child

TRIO: Ian Wright and DJ Spoony (right) with Mervyn Lyn (centre), Managing Director of Strategic Partnership Solutions and a trustee of Arms Around the Child

SOME OF the UK’s leading celebrities and sports stars teed off in true British spirit with a fashionable dash of rain at exclusive member’s club, Centurion Club, Hertfordshire to raise funds for global charity, Arms Around the Child.

Former England and Arsenal striker Ian Wright, British radio and television presenter and Weekend Sports Breakfast on talkSPORT, journalist and newsreader Naga Munchetty, well-known presenter and golf fanatic Georgie Bingham, Olympic gold medallist Kris Akabusi, former Liverpool and Manchester city star Dietmar Hamann, and former singer in The Wanted, Tom Parker took to the course to show their support.

The day was supported by Aston Martin, Raymond Weil and Strategic Partnership Solutions and saw amateur golfers in teams of two, from entertainment, business and sport paired with two celebrities to compete against each other for prizes, pride and philanthropy.

The players faced off amongst a setting of the beautiful English countryside. The Centurion Club welcomed the 12 teams accompanied by their celebrities to the course for a day of golf, followed by a delicious buffet including dishes such as beef wellington slices with stilton dressing and chicken Breast filled with sundried tomato and pesto wrapped in prosciutto to name a few.

Arms Around the Child look after orphans, abandoned, abused, living in child headed households, affected by HIV/AIDS and other opportune infections in India and South Africa. The charity is supported by leading international superstars including Mark Ronson and Florence Welch.

Mervyn Lyn, trustee of Arms Around the Child SAID: “I can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon, playing golf and raising awareness for such an amazing charity Arms Around the Child.”

Former Gunner Wright said of his involvement: “It goes without saying, but I’m delighted to be involved in such a fantastic day. I’m truly pleased to help raise awareness for such a great cause.”

Presenter Bingham said, “I’m absolutely delighted that we’ve been able to be here to raise money for Arms Around the Child. It’s a fabulous charity in a time when orphan and refugee children are making a huge amount of headlines for many different reasons.

"It’s really good to be able to come out, meet people and raise money for a charity like this, which is very worthwhile. With the help of charities like this [the hope is that] will become something of the past, in the future.”

Other attendees included Steven Hunt, Kevin Foley, Jonathan Joseph, Dietmar Hamann, Dominic Holland, Clive Allen, Gladstone Small, Rhys Weston, John Lacy, Efan Ekoko, Andy Goode, Matthew Etherington, Chris Hollins, Gordon Smart, Rishi Persad and James Hagger.

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