wigsStars confirmed for The Wigley Group Golf Open and Gala Dinner

Major sports stars and celebrities have signed up to support our annual charity event to raise money for injured soldiers and their families.

The star-studded golf day and gala dinner will take place at Staverton Park De Vere near Daventry on Thursday 14 July in aid of the Parachute Regiment charity Support Our Paras.

Guests will include snooker world champion Stuart Bingham, sports promoter Barry Hearn, EastEnders actor Jake Wood who plays Max Branning and a host of professional darts players.

The event is – now in its fourth year – will bring together more than 200 business people from across the region. To date The Wigley Group has raised more than £43,000 for Support Our Paras, which provides support to injured soldiers and their families.

The golf balls for the open tournament will arrive in dramatic style – parachuted in by skydivers from Red Devils parachute team.

This year the theme of the gala dinner will be a tribute to Coventry-born darts legend Steve Beaton, nicknamed the Bronzed Adonis, to mark the 20th anniversary of his world championship victory.

Robert Wigley, managing director of The Wigley Group said: “This event has now become a regular fixture in the calendar and it’s fantastic to see so many celebrities sign-up to be part of the day.

“With the golf open followed by a gala dinner it is an action-packed day with plenty of opportunities for people to get involved, win raffle prizes and bid for sports memorabilia.

“It will also be a great chance to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Steve Beaton winning the world darts title. Steve is from Coventry and has had a fantastic career in darts and it’s great to be able to mark his crowning glory in the sport.

“We’ll have a huge stage for a knockout darts tournament at the dinner and with the number of top professionals attending it will be an evening of top quality darts.

“But most importantly, we are proud to be to continue our long-standing relationship with Support Our Paras which provides vital support to injured soldiers and their families at a time when they need it most.”

Other VIPs at the event will include darts players Wayne Mardle, Kevin Painter and Colin Lloyd and the action on the oche will be overseen by top referees Russ “The Voice” Bray and George Noble. The world of boxing will be represented by Spencer Oliver, Mickey Cantwell and Darren Barker who will join snooker champions Mark Selby and Sean Murphy.

John McDonald, who is a former Paratrooper, TV sports announcer and The Wigley Group charity ambassador, will compère the event. John has championed the work of Support Our Paras for over 30 years and knows the challenges injured soldiers and their families can face when adapting back to civilian life.

“Often these are young men who have their whole life ahead of them and they suddenly find that they have severe life-changing injuries,” he said.

“The Wigley Group has shown a wonderful commitment to Support Our Paras and I know the money raised at these events makes a huge difference to the lives of injured soldiers and their families.

“The support and generosity of everyone who attends these events is always staggering and I’m delighted that we’ve been able to put together what looks to be the biggest and best event yet.”

For more information contact Krishma Kapoor via email on krishma@thewigleygroup.com or via phone on 02476224600.