On Friday 28 May 2021, twenty four golfers representing six businesses from across the East Midlands hope they will finally be able to complete “The Three Bunkers Challenge” in aid of the charity Big C Little C. The event was originally set to take place on Friday 3 July 2020, but had to be deferred due to COVID19 restrictions.
Based on the format of the “Three Peaks Challenge” each team will play nine holes on three courses in Nottingham, Derby and Leicestershire in one day. The courses are Morley Hayes, Charnwood Forest and The Nottinghamshire Golf & Country Club.
The idea was conceived by Andrew Allsop, owner of Morley Hayes Golf Club and Bev Cook, who lives in Radcliffe on Trent, who is Managing Director of Simple Marketing Consultancy and Immediate Past Lady Captain of The Nottinghamshire Golf & Country Club.
They were inspired by business entrepreneurs, Andrew Springhall from Breedon Electrical and Colin Shaw, former Chairman of PKF Cooper Parry, who joined forces in January 2019 to create a new charity called ‘Big C Little C’ in order to encourage businesses in the East Midlands to organise events to raise money to support The Jenny Farr NSPCC Diamond Appeal and Cancer Research.
The businesses taking part are: Mazars (Bob Johnson), Anthony James Insurance Brokers (Steve Boorman), Simple Marketing Consultancy (Elliot & Bev Cook), Edsons & Company (Philip Edson) and Fiscal Engineers (Gini Bolton) and Ibstock Brick. Each team has pledged to raise at least £2,000.
Originally an after party and charity gala reception of business people was planned in The Fairways Suite at The Nottinghamshire Golf & Country Club, but ongoing restrictions mean this will be limited to golfers only and additional fund-raising will be done via an online auction. Sadly, the logistics of changing the date to after 21 June when restrictions might be less onerous proved to not be possible.
Commenting on the event, Andrew Springhall said “Whilst playing 27 holes in one day may not be the most physical of challenges, the logistics of keeping to time will be, and let’s not forget the ultimate aim is to raise as much money as possible to help vulnerable children and cure cancer. We really appreciate the support of the golf courses involved who have allowed us to have complimentary tee times and refreshments to the players as they strive to complete the challenge on time.”
Colin Shaw added, “Big C Little C is really grateful to Bev Cook for choosing to support Big C Little C and for her expertise in helping to co-ordinate the event given the many challenges involved to re-arrange in 2021. We have set our fund raising target high at £10,000 as we believe in the strength of our respective networks and value of the prizes that will be donated for the auctions.”
If you would like to make a donation to one of the teams, offer raffle prizes please visit the fund raising page: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ColinShaw9