Friday 8th April saw the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Kidney Patients Association’s own version of the Ryder Cup take place at Stoke Park Golf Club in Buckinghamshire.
Instead of the Americans as their opponents, a team from the Eyeless Trust charity lined up in the inaugural Lillian Ramsay Memorial Trophy with twenty one golfers per side, all of varying standards, going head to head over eighteen holes in a mixture of four ball and foursomes.
Lillian was the late grandmother of Rupert Ramsay, co-organiser and a university friend of mine, who founded The Eyeless Trust in 1993. The charity’s objectives are to provide respite and social care to children born with anopthalmia, coloboma and other debilitating eye conditions. Lillian regularly used Stoke Park as a venue for her various fundraising ventures and Rupert was therefore keen to return to Stoke Park and use the essence of competitive sport to benefit these two charities.
On the day itself the weather was superb with temperatures reaching 20oC and upwards! The match, somewhat irritatingly, ended up in a tie! After the golf, the golfers and thirty further non-playing guests, were treated to a magnificent three course lunch along with the inevitable fundraisers – a raffle and a live auction.
The auction proved to be a tremendous success with top lot, a week’s holiday for four in a Cornish cottage, reaching an impressive £820! I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who worked so hard in order to make the day the success it was with special thanks going to Rupert for all of his hard work.
Finally at the latest count I am pleased to report £8000 was raised for both charities, which is a superb sum. It is mine and Rupert’s intention to hold a second event in 2012 and I very much hope the KPA members will show their support by joining up with some friends and entering a team of four or, at the very least, joining us for lunch.