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Helen Rollason Cancer Care Centre Appeal

Bishop’s Stortford Golf Club, Dunmow Road+
Bishop’s Stortford Herts CM23 5HP


Contact:: Mike Bailey 01279 657247           

Paul Talbot-Smith 01279 657519


Friday 2nd of June 2000 is a day Bishop’s Stortford Golf Club will long remember. The day was the culmination of weeks of work and effort in a bid to help support the ‘Helen Rollason Cancer Care Centre Appeal’ and resulted in a cheque for £33,000 being given to TV Grandstand presenter Steve Rider, representing the fund. With charitable status tax relief, the total amount could finally exceed £40,000 !



1.      The fund was kick-started by a radio auction of prizes, over the week-end of 20th, May.

Organised with the help of Essex FM, Breeze, Mercury and Radio 1017, under the banner ‘Cash for Causes’ the auction offered:


A box at Manchester United for six, with overnight accommodation,

(Donated by Shell, this raised £5000 from a lottery winner)

Dinner at the House of Commons for four,

A luxury villa in Portugal for six for a week

A deluxe, fully working child’s Mercedes Car

A day out with the Channel 4 Racing Team

Tickets for the ladies semi-final at Wimbledon


      The auction raised £8000 !


2.      Through out May, a silent auction of items donated by Members and organisations throughout the UK, especially from over 40 other Golf Clubs who wished to help support the fund by offering free rounds of golf as prizes.


     This raised £4000


3.      Friday 2nd June the main fund raising event ‘The Steve Rider Golf Classic’

Hosted by Steve Rider and supported by Rob Bonnett, Stuart Storey and the Channel 4 Racing Team led by Derek Thompson.


Run and organised by Past Captain Paul Talbot-Smith and Committee Member Mike Bailey, supported by Past Captains Rex Baldwin, Harry Whittle and Ian Ritchie and an army of Member volunteers.


Format:             Texas Scramble followed by buffet lunch,

Auction of further items,

Cabaret by Shep Wooley and

Presentation of Prizes

Address by Steve Rider


The auction of items donated by Members and well-wishers throughout the UK was run by Past Club Captain Rex Baldwin and included:


A Villa in South Carolina (USA) for 1 week

A house at St Andrews for 1 week

A second Villa in Portugal for a week

Tickets and Hotel accommodation for a match at Old Trafford (cricket)

Signed Essex cricket bat

Souvenirs from the Masters at Augusta (a bag of trivia put together by Steve Rider which sold for £1000!)


            This raised over  £10,000


The Golf Competition was won by a Mike Standon, Kevin Horneigold, Andy McNaughten and Captained by Mike Zelley. They promptly returned their prizes of cased vintage wines, for auction, along with bottles of Malt whisky donated my the Spellbrook Mercedes Team, raising the total of bids by a further £1200

Steve Rider won the nearest the pin prize on the 8th !


This was a truly amazing event, full of fun, passion and commitment to a cause close to the heart of all those who took part and especially to the memory of such an outstanding person that was Helen Rollason.


For further information or clarification, please contact Mike or Paul at the numbers given above.