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Comic to join Warwickshire firm’s 10th anniversary fundraiser

Comic Bobby Davro and the world-famous Red Devils will join the 10th anniversary of an annual fundraiser in Warwickshire, raising money for serving and veteran soldiers.


The Wigley Group’s Golf Day and Gala Dinner takes place at The Belfry Hotel and Resort in north Warwickshire on Wednesday, July 12, marking its 10-year anniversary.


Since launching in 2013, the popular event has raised more than £140,000 for the Wigley Support Fund (WSF) – an initiative launched by Southam-based The Wigley Group with the official Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces charity Support Our Paras to help injured, serving and veteran soldiers transition from military to civilian life.


The day will see guests take part in golf on the PGA National Course, where they will be treated to a performance from the Parachute Regiment’s parachute display team to kick the day off, before an evening of entertainment including celebrity guest English comic Bobby Davro, live music, a raffle, and an auction of memorabilia alongside a gala dinner.


Members of the Red Devils will also give guests the chance to sample a daring parachute jump through a unique virtual reality experience, before joining the evening as special guests.


Robert Wigley, Chairman of The Wigley Group, said: “Last year’s event was one of the best yet and helped to raise more than £19,500, so we are delighted to have Bobby and the Red Devils join us this year for what is shaping up to be another fantastic day of entertainment and fundraising.


“Ten years on from our first event in 2013, we are proud to have now raised more than £140,000 for a cause which is extremely close to our hearts.


“This money really is life-changing as it helps to re-train injured, serving and veteran service people, equipping them with new skills for a new start. None of this would be possible without the generous supporters and sponsors each year.”


Bobby Davro said: “This is a fantastic event which I am delighted to lend my support to. I look forward to seeing everyone there and raising money for a good cause!”


The Wigley Group is a family-owned real estate, development and construction company whose headquarters are at Stockton House, in Southam.


TV sports announcer and former paratrooper John McDonald has been announced as compere for the evening, which will also see other sporting legends in attendance.


The event is expected to attract some 250 business professionals from across the region, including around 100 golfers.


Launched in 2017, the WSF initiative has enabled money raised to be more broadly allocated to help ex-service people from all regiments, providing support in all areas of their transition from military to civilian life; anything from physical and mental rehabilitation to further education and skills training.

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