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Guestlist is pure gold at Tony Hadley golf event

10 November 2015

A star-studded guest list helped make Tony Hadley’s golf day in aid of children’s charity Action Medical Research a triumph, raising £25,000.

Celebrities including actor Ricky Groves, Dane Bowers and Brian McFadden teed off with the Spandau Ballet star at the 11th Tony Hadley Golf Classic on Friday, 11 September, at Elton Furze Golf Club near Peterborough.

The celebrity-packed day on the course, with former swimming star Mark Foster, actress Dee Hepburn and Ed “Stewpot” Stewart among those showing off their swing, was followed by a glittering gala dinner at the Peterborough Marriott Hotel. The event also included the finals of the ‘Golf Factor’ in which six singers performed in front of the A-list audience.

The winner, voted for by a panel which included Sam Bailey, the winner of The X Factor in 2013, was 17-year-old Meg Martin who received £100 plus two tickets to The X Factor live television show and two tickets for The X Factor 2015 tour with a behind-the-scenes ‘meet and greet’.

For an extra touch of fun, the Tony Hadley Golf Classic celebrated the Rugby World Cup, with each team allocated a country; with Tony playing for New Zealand, the Ngati Ranana London Maori Club (pictured above) performed a fantastic haka before he teed off.

The winning team won an overnight stay with dinner and round of golf at the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club while the evening's auction included two tickets to join Tony Hadley for a wine-tasting afternoon at the home of wine expert Jilly Golden and a limited edition print taken by Sarah Ferguson, formerly known as the Duchess of York.

“Everyone had a brilliant time and we’re so grateful to everyone who helped us raise this incredible amount of money,” says organiser Angela Hyde. “This was the 11th Tony Hadley Golf Classic and it just goes from strength to strength because it’s such an amazing cause – everyone gives so generously to support Action Medical Research, and next year’s event on 9 September 2016 has already sold out!”

Speaking before the event, Mr Hadley said: “I am honoured and proud to be associated with Action Medical Research and the great work they do. We always have a great day out on the course (some of us less successful than others!) and then we continue the fun with a fantastic evening that raises even more money.”

Action Medical Research is a UK-wide children’s charity which funds desperately needed research to tackle the diseases that devastate the lives of so many of our children. It has been funding medical breakthroughs since it began in 1952 including helping to introduce the first polio vaccines in the UK, developing the use of ultrasound in pregnancy and testing the rubella vaccine.

The children’s charity is currently funding research into meningitis, Down syndrome, epilepsy and premature birth, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

Next year’s Tony Hadley Golf Classic is now full but to join the waiting list, please call Angela on 01733 244 273 or email For more information, please visit

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Action Medical Research is a leading UK-wide charity working to save and change children’s lives through medical research. We believe that the diseases that devastate the lives of so many of our children can be beaten. We have been funding medical breakthroughs since we began in 1952 like the first polio vaccines in the UK, ultrasound in pregnancy and the rubella vaccine – helping to save thousands of children’s lives and change many more.

Just one breakthrough, however small, can mean the world. Charity reg. nos 208701 and SC039284

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