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Doddy's 'Diddy Golf' tourney for Wirral Autistic Society appeal
KEN Dodd is to host a golf challenge for Wirral Autistic Society’s Lifeline Appeal.
The 'Diddy Golf' event will take place at New Brighton's new waterfront mini golf course on Friday October 4. Afterwards, the Liverpool-born comic legend will switch the lights on the course's two new lighthouses at 6.30pm.
Proceeds will go to the Lifetime Appeal, which needs to raise £755,000 to completely redevelop its original home, Raby Hall.
Once complete, the project will provide state of the art self-contained accommodation for eight people suffering from autism.
Nick Ashfield, owner of the course, has adopted the appeal to build much-needed purpose built residedntial accommodation and is donating all the fees made by teams who play.
A challenge day was held at the course two months ago raising funds for the appeal and Nick decided to repeat this in October.
He said: "When he held the challenge at the end of June the weather was terrible, but despite that people turned out and the feed back we have had has been great.
"All those who took part have been asking when we were going to have another challenge so we decided to go for it when the lighthouses are switched on.
"Then when Doddy agreed to do the switch on it was the icing on the cake. He has helped raise significant sums for the Autistic Society as have other New Brighton businesses including the Queen's Royal Hotel."
The Lifetime Appeal was launched in February to raise £755,000 to completely redevelop its original home, Raby Hall, to provide state of the art self-contained accommodation for eight people suffering from autism.
This will be followed by the redevelopment of the society's four other properties at Raby.
In all the work is expected to take ten years and cost in the region of a further £2.5m.
Mike Rice, owner of the Queen's Royal, has been a long-time supporter of the society, making a personal donation of £7,500 to the appeal.
He said: "We've been delighted to hold a number of fund-raising events and Ken has spoken at a lunch here to help raise more money so it will great to welcome him back again."
The 18 hole mini golf course has proved to be a huge hit since opening earlier this year.
Teams of four are being invited to play any time during the day for just £25 a team – cheaper than the normal rate per head. To register they should contact the society's fund-raiser, Rick Myers on 07887 631218,
Rick.Myers@wirral.autistic.org stating the time they would like to tee off.
He said: "Since the first challenege I have been inundated with people asking when we were going to do it again.
Rick saif: "We expect everyone who played in June to turn out again and were looking forward to welcoming as many new teams as possible.
"We hope everyone will be there for the switch on of the lighthouses and Ken doing the prize-giving at the Queen's which should be a great laugh.”
Rick is also a higly respected scultor and is creating special Diddy Men trohies for the winners.