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The Variety Golf Society Club

The Variety Club is dedicated to improving the lives of children and young people by raising funds to provide practical support. This helps individuals, projects, and organisations across the UK and supports a wide range of opportunities to the children in their care.

COBRA is proud to take an active part in the Variety Club Golf Society and each year, we take part in the Sunshine Classic event.

Over the years, COBRA has contributed enough funds for the Variety Club to purchase 15 mini-buses and with your help, we can continue raising funds for this worthwhile cause. Every penny donated to the Golf Society goes towards the purchase of another Sunshine Coach.

A coach is presented at most Variety Club golf days with the receiving school and some of the children in attendance. This ensures that the members and the sponsor see exactly where their money has been spent.

For further information about our involvement and future events, please contact Graham Ringer or visit The Royal Variety Golf Society website.

Variety Club Fund Raiser

In December 2017, the Variety Club hosted another successful charity event, which raised a remarkable amount of £166,000.  This included an unbelievable single donation of £20,000 from Steve Farley for a Sunshine Coach – a massive thank you to Steve!

The variety club announced that its Golf Society will also raise funds for another cause called ‘Golf for Disabled Children’ as well as sunshine coaches. This is small project has been set-up by Michael Leek and John Lee from Shirley Golf Club, who organise golf lessons for disabled children, predominantly in the Birmingham area.

However, having seen the potential, the Variety Club is the first charity to get on board with this exciting venture to enable the scheme to grow and eventually allow children all over the country to enjoy golf lessons. During the charity event, Paul Saunders very generously kicked off the fundraising for this project and donated £15,000 along with Andrew Graham donating £1,000.

The Variety Club is still discussing how they hope to raise yet more funds for this project with various charity events throughout the year and are committed to providing funds for ‘Golf for Disabled Children’ from at least one of their events this year.

During the evening dinner, Stuart Bookatz announced that he will be undertaking an incredible 3,000-mile bike ride from the Pacific Ocean at California to the Atlantic Ocean in Florida, which will take him 46 days! Stuart hopes to raise enough money to buy a Sunshine Coach. Generous donations were made at the charity event from other guests that attended to kick-start his fundraising.

COBRA Autumn Ball

On the night of 6 October 2017, the good and great gathered at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London for a Charity Ball on behalf of the Variety Club Golf Society.

The event was supported by various companies from banking, insurance, and solicitors.

Organised by Hilary Burrows of COBRA Holdings, the Ball raised a total of £25,158.  This enables COBRA to purchase another mini-bus for a very deserving school for disabled and disadvantaged children.

The bus will be dedicated to Mrs Jill Kennedy who sadly passed away recently.  Her husband has also raised significant monies for the same cause over the years.

Thank you to those who supported the COBRA Charity Ball. Your generosity has once again helped us to raise funds for this worthy charity.

If you wish to be involved in the 2018 Charity Ball, please contact Graham Ringer.

Variety Club Sunshine Classic Golf Day

The Sunshine Classic Golf Day was held at Hanbury Manor Resort & Spa on 22nd June 2017. Each team entered was paired with a celebrity including Len Goodman from Strictly Come Dancing, England cricketers Mark Ramprakash & Min Patel, footballers Tim Sherwood, David Seaman, Mickey Hazard, Liam Brady, Ray Clemence & Pat Jennings and Olympic 100m Gold Medal winner Allan Wells MBE.

On the day, the Variety Club Golf Society presented three Sunshine Coaches (worth £130,000) to three very worthwhile schools for disabled & disadvantaged children.

We thank our partners and insurers for their generous donations towards the golf ‘goody bags’ and for their on-going continued support.

Photo 1: David Seaman, VC Chairman Tom Hilliard, John Griffin and Bernie Flockhart
Photo 2: Ex Arsenal and England Keeper David Seaman warming up in front of the coaches
Photo 3: Premier League sponsored one of the three Sunshine Coaches presented on the day along with some of the celebrities