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Helidrop's hole lot of cash for NSPCC.

THOUSANDS of golf balls rained down on to a Warwickshire golf course as part of a helidrop competition for the NSPCC.

The special event was part of an annual charity golf day, organised by the Coventry and Warwickshire Business Board, at Stoneleigh Deer Park Golf Club.

Fundraising on the day totalled around PS10,000 - all of which will be donated to support the running of Boole House, the NSPCC's service centre in Coventry.

Golf balls were dropped from a Robinson R44 Helicopter suspended 200ft above the pin, after 18 teams completed a round of the game. A hole-in-one decided the competition, with Angelo Luciano, managing director of Expert Tooling and Automation, being the lucky winner. The owners of the six balls which finished nearest the hole also won prizes.

The golf tournament, organised by former England and Coventry rugby international Keith Fairbrother, was won by accountancy firm Harrison Beale & Owen, with teams from Jaguar Land Rover and the Dovetail Group also landing prizes. Other prizes were handed out for the longest drive, nearest to the pin and best individual score.

The day closed with a gala dinner in the club house, and fun games to generate more money.

Fairbrother, of the Coventry and Warwickshire Business Board, said: "It was tremendous to see a hole-in-one in the helidrop competition, it was a bit breezy on the day but, incredibly, a lot of the balls still made it near the pin.

"To raise in the region of PS10,000 again for the NSPCC is fantastic."

Fairbrother thanked Stoneleigh Deer Park Golf Club owners John and Cherry Reay for their continued support of the event.


Hamilton Bland of Coventry and Warwickshire Business Board, April Wickens, community relations officer at Jaguar Land Rover, and Muff Murfin, president of the Business Board, also pictured with the balls

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jun 30, 2017
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