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Club and company golfers are the latest sporting group being encouraged to help protect youngsters from child abuse.

A celebrity golf tournament has been arranged to raise money for Avon and Somerset police's pioneering Child-Safe project.

The tournament, at Woodspring Golf and Country Club in Long Ashton, Bristol, on September 20, is planned to run just weeks after another fund-raiser, the Child-Safe Gala evening, is hosted by international actress Jane Seymour in Bath on 21 August.

The money is needed to help fund a Child-Safe conference in Bath from 18-22 August when around 100 delegates from 29 European countries will hear results from Detective Superintendent Chris Gould's groundbreaking investigation into child abuse on European exchange visits.

"The conference is being jointly funded by the European Commission's SOCRATES programme and the British Council (Youth for Europe), but unfortunately, there is still a cash shortfall."

Twenty-four teams of four are now wanted to take part in the golf tournament, billed as the child-Safe Celebrity Challenge Cup. As an added incentive, Export & General Insurance Services of Yate and Clevedon Garages have donated a special prize of a new Ford Focus car for whoever makes a hole-in-one at the ninth.

Celebrities expected on the day include HTV personalities Peter Rowell and Phil Duffell.

Golfers need to have a maximum handicap of 18 and the cost for entry is £25 per person

For further information please contact Mari Fowler, Lynn Lewis or Niki White on 01275 816131.