Stars tee-off and raise thousands for Wirral charity Stick'n'Step

Jason McAteer and Rob Palmer got carried away in the heat of the moment as competition gets underway.

Jason McAteer and Rob Palmer got carried away in the heat of the moment as competition gets underway.

First published in News Wirral Globe: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

STARS from the worlds of sport and entertainment took to the fairway during a golf day that has raised £28,000 for a Wirral charity helping children with cerebral palsy. 

Among the famous faces teeing off for Stick'n'Step on Bank Holiday Monday were ex-Liverpool, Everton and Manchester United stars Kevin Ratcliffe, Jason McAteer, Alex Stepney, Arthur Albiston and Frank Stapleton.

They were joined for the event, at Pryor Hayes golf club in Chester, by Willaston-based funnyman Stan Boardman and singer/songwriter Bernie Flint.

That evening there was a prize-giving ceremony for the winners of the competitions and an auction of signed memorabilia from sports personalities, which was hosted by stand-up comic Justin Moorhouse.

Proceeds from the day will help Stick'n'Step in its work providing free specialist conductive education and support services to more than 70 children, their families and carers.

To keep services free of charge, the Wallasey-based charity needs to raise at least £300,000 year on year.

Sky Sports presenter and the charity’s ambassador Rob Palmer has organised the event for many years. He said: "I am constantly overwhelmed by the generosity and support from everyone who attends, and this year has been no exception.

“Once again we’ve been overwhelmed with the staggering generosity of so many people.

“Everyone has dug deep to give what they can to the charity, while some of our regular celebrity supporters have given up their precious time on a Bank Holiday to come out and help raise our profile.

“Being one of the parents who founded the charity in 2002, the annual golf day is very important to me and having benefitted from the work the charity does personally, I know how much this support means to the parents who access Stick ’n’ Step.”

Sarah Smithson, operations manager at Stick ‘n’ Step: “The day has been brilliant and we are thankful to Rob, the sponsors and those who attended for making it such a success.

“With our operating costs for the centre running at around £25,000 a month the golf day contributes a significant sum to our income and helps pay for around four weeks of our annual overheads.

“The amount raised is phenomenal and everyone involved has had an enjoyable day. I am very much looking forward to next year’s event.”

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