Stars in eyes at gala to be held at hotel near Daventry

Robert Wigley, John McDonald and members of the Parachute Regiment.
Robert Wigley, John McDonald and members of the Parachute Regiment.

Major sports stars and celebrities will visit a Daventry hotel to raise money for injured soldiers and their families.

A star-studded golf day and gala dinner will take place at Staverton Park de Vere on July 14.

Guests will include snooker world champion Stuart Bingham, sports promoter Barry Hearn, EastEnders actor Jake Wood, who plays Max Branning, and a host of professional darts players.

It is organised by The Wigley Group, a Coventry-based commercial property, risk and facilities management company and will bring together more than 200 business people from across the region.

The event is now in its fourth year and the company has raised more than £43,000 for Parachute Regiment charity Support Our Paras, which provides support to injured soldiers and their families.

The golf balls for the open tournament will arrive in dramatic style - parachuted in by skydivers from the Red Devils parachute team.

This year the theme of the gala dinner will be a tribute to Coventry-born darts legend Steve Beaton, nicknamed the Bronzed Adonis, to mark the 20th anniversary of his world championship victory.

Robert Wigley, managing director of The Wigley Group, said: “This event has now become a regular fixture in the calendar and it’s fantastic to see so many celebrities sign-up to be part of the day.

“With the golf open followed by a gala dinner it is an action-packed day with plenty of opportunities for people to get involved, win raffle prizes and bid for sports memorabilia.

“We’ll have a huge stage for a knockout darts tournament at the dinner and with the number of top professionals attending it will be an evening of top quality darts.

“But most importantly, we are proud to be able to continue our long-standing relationship with Support Our Paras which provides vital support to injured soldiers and their families at a time when they need it most.”