Ex-England legend and Westhoughton born resident Francis “Franny” Lee has organised an annual golf fundraiser in aid of Bolton Lads & Girls Club for the last 30 years

With hundreds of local businesses taking to the green over years, the event proved to be a huge success with nearly half a million pounds being raised.

Yesterday, the sun made an appearance helping guests enjoy the day as they descended on to the beautiful course at Bolton Golf Club.

With the event being sold out months in advance, businesses and individuals were keen to snap up one of the golden spots on offer and were not only treated to a round of competitive golf but also had the opportunity to indulge in fine food and participate in a luxury auction with exclusive prizes, to raise as much as possible for the Club. There was also an award presentation and I won nearest the pin on the 14th hole.

Victoria Hozaifeh,  Philanthropy Manager at Bolton Lads & Girls Club, said: “It has been a fantastic day! We are so grateful to all the companies that have supported us in one way or another with this event, whether that be by entering a team, sponsoring a hole or providing services or prizes for the evening. Everyone has been absolutely amazing in helping the day be a great success.”

“I’d like to thank Francis Lee, Guy Topping and Bolton Golf Club also for a wonderful event.”

The final total is expected to be over £20,000.00 which will help the Club continue with its support for its Award-Winning Mentoring Programme.

Bolton Lads & Girls Club (BLGC) is a local charity and well patronised youth club situated in the heart of Bolton. We have a current membership of over 4,000 youngsters and, of these, 89% live in the five most deprived wards in our borough, which also rank in the top 10% most deprived wards nationwide. Our young members face multiple layers of disadvantage, including above average levels of poverty, lack of positive role models and fewer opportunities to contribute positively to society. The Club is open 7 days a week for 51 weeks a year. Our comprehensive offer includes a wide variety of inclusive recreational, sporting, arts-based and targeted programmes. Having proudly established and maintained a respected network within the community over the past 127 years, the Club succeeds in engaging disadvantaged young people traditionally missed by statutory services.