The Lily Mae Foundation Charity Golf Day & Evening Dinner Dance 2017
On Friday 21st April 2017, The Lily Mae Foundation hosted their eighth Annual Charity Golf Day and Evening Dinner Dance in association with Guy Salmon Land Rover, Coventry at the Belfry Hotel and Resort, in memory of Lily Mae Jackson, Stillborn in 2010.
This prestigious fundraising event has grown in size and popularity since its inception in 2010. Each year teams of golfers gather together to raise money for the Charity, they are joined by evening guests for a three course Dinner and Dance, with a special tribute to those Angel Babies gone too soon from our lives.
Lily Mae was tragically born sleeping in 2010. Since then, Charity Founders, Ryan and Amy Jackson have campaigned furiously and with passion to honour the memory of Lily Mae and all other Angel Babies born too poorly, too soon or sleeping.
The Foundation gained charitable status in 2012, and has gone from strength to strength. The Foundation’s main focus is to provide Memory Boxes to 8 local hospitals to help parents create precious memories of their babies. Without these boxes, such memories would be hard to capture. The Foundation also supports Bereaved Parents and Families through face to face meetings, counselling days, informal support group meetings and baby remembrance services. The Foundation provides funding support for research into Stillbirth and Neonatal Death to try and reduce the incidence of such tragedies. Sadly, even today in the UK, there are still 16 families affected daily by Stillbirth.
A huge £17,000 was raised at the event. Tim Stimpson, former England and British Lions Rugby Union International compered the evening where Britain’s Got Talent 2015 Finalists ‘The Neales’ entertained the guests. Sponsors who supported the event included Joseph Ash Galvanizing, Priority Freight, Birmingham City FC, Maintel, The Orange Tree, Vorwerk, Guy Salmon Land Rover Coventry, The Aspiration Group, Complete Cricket, Taylormade, Titleist, PicFish and Aluminum Bending Specialists.
Thirty four teams of golfers; 136 individuals, battled to win the prestigious Golf competition, held on The Brabazon course for the first time. Ady Wheatcroft from The Aspiration Group and Steph McEvoy from SK Golf Events challenged the golfers to ‘Beat the Pro’ with prizes donated by Priority Freight and a 4 ball for Gleneagles donated by Ady. A total of 28 players secured the bragging rights over the Pros. The team competition was won by a team from Joseph Ash Galvanizing. The winning Individual Golfer was Trevor McCormack from the team Ireland Calls
Ryan and Amy said “On behalf of the Trustees of the Foundation we would like to thank all our sponsors, those businesses and organisations who provided our raffle and auction prizes, our restaurant vouchers and our golf prizes. A huge thank you to our raffle ticket sellers, to all those who brought raffle tickets, to all of our golfers and evening dinner guests and to The Belfry staff for their professional organisation and service during the Golf and the Dinner. The feedback from the event indicates that this was the ‘best yet’ and certainly the amount raised would support this feeling. We are tremendously grateful to be able to bring Stillbirth and Neonatal Death out of the shadows and to provide parents, families and friends the opportunity to remember their babies and we look forward to a bigger and even better event next year! Thank you all so much for your incredible and continued support for The Foundation and our work. We really appreciate your kindness and generosity!”