Bradley Walsh

Comedian and Actor

Dave Lee Celebrity Golf Classic

Funny man Dave Lee is returning to the golf course with a host of celebrities to help raise money to send disabled, underprivileged and terminally ill children on holiday.

The classic golf event, at Chart Hills in Biddenden, Kent, will bring together avid golfers and stars of stage and television to fight it out for the title of champion, while raising funds for Dave Lee’s Happy Holidays.

2009 saw Tony Hadley from Spandau Ballet and ex-footballer Neil Ruddock who were among the 30 stars involved.

Dave Lee Celebrity Golf Classic

This year's golf day is going to be very significant in the charity's history, with the charity close to reaching the £2 million mark in money raised since it lauched in 1994.

Bradley Walsh is a vice president of the charity and has actively help to raise funds in both the Celebrity Golf Classic days, and the annual variety show held at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury. The charity is run by volunteers, nobody is paid, with all the money raised going towards holidays for disabled, underprivileged and terminally ill children from Kent.

"We've got five holiday homes at Camber Sands and we've sent more than 45,000 children and their families on holidays."

Holidays have included Tenerife, Disneyland Paris and Disney World in Florida.

Approximately 1200 children have also seen a Christmas pantomime, thanks to the charity and its supporters.

Dave Lee said: "These children and their families would not have been able to have a holiday without the charity."

The event is on Sunday, 5 September 2010, at Chart Hills and is sponsored by local Kent company - KOS Media.

The final line-up of stars have yet to be finalised, but comedians Joe Pasquale and Jim Davidson will join Bradley Walsh for the day and the follow-up charity dinner, which last year saw 350 guests.

Charity chairman Kevin Aylward said: "There will definitely be a good sprinkling of showbiz. Over the last few years with the recession, we know people don't have as much to donate, but it all helps."

For visitors, admission is £5 (children free). There will be free parking, and a bar and catering.

A few teams of three can still sign up to play, with a celebrity picked to play with them.

The cost is just £700, which includes 18 holes of golf on the Nick Faldo designed course, breakfast, pre-dinner drinks and a four-course meal.

Entertainment at the dinner includes music from Chas Hodges (Chas and Dave) - and his band, plus an auction.

On Sunday 18th September 2011 the annual event went as smooth as ever with a guest list like an edition of OK! Magainze - stars like Family Fortunes host Vernon Kay, Lock Stock actor PH Moriarty, Britain’s Got More Talent host Stephen Mulhern, former England footballer Luther Blissett and ex-England and Kent cricketer Martin Saggers, comedian Bobby Davro, snooker legend John Virgo and Gillingham manager Andy Hessenthaler.

Dave Lee Celebrity Golf Classic 2011

Each team of three golfers paid £750 to play with a celebrity raising money for Dave's Happy Holidays Charity again.

Before the end of the evening the auction took place increasing the funds even further. A wonderful day was had by all and many added next year's date to their diary.

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