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Golfers aim to putt aside £500k for handicapped

Celebrities will join golfers from the financial services industry in a

bid to raise £500,000 for the Variety Club of Great Britain in the

fourth annual Financial Services Industry Sunshine Classic at Wentworth

this week.

Money generated by sponsorship, donations and an auction will be used to

buy Sunshine Coaches for handicapped and underprivileged children.

In each of the last two years, the tournament raised more than

£50,000. If this year&#39s target is reached, it will be enough to buy 25

coaches.

Each company pays a team entry fee and donates a minimum of £1,200 to

the charity. If a company donates £15,000, a Sunshine Coach is branded

with its name and logo.

Financial organisations sponsoring teams in this year&#39s event include

Money Marketing, the AITC, IFA Portfolio, BFS Investments, Jupiter Asset

Management and LeggMason Investors. Companies making donations include

Invesco Perpetual Fund Managers and Deutsche Bank.

Among the celebrities taking part are football commentator Gary Lineker,

comedians Ronnie Corbett, Jimmy Tarbuck and Jasper Carrott, TV personality

Bruce Forsyth, actor Robert Powell and snooker player Willie Thorne.

One of the prizes auctioned by LeggMason Investors is a trip to see the

Jordan Grand Prix team in America. Jupiter has donated golf balls and Legal

& General has given golf umbrellas.

Chairman of the organising committee and InvaTrust Consultants chief

executive David Harris says: “We have had a good response from the

financial services sector and the City of London and will hopefully raise

£500,000 from this one-day event.”

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