Cheshire FA raises over £2.5k for Ciaran’s Cause during charity Golf Day

Cheshire FACheshire Football Association staged a hugely successful charity Golf Day in aid of Ciaran’s Cause – a charity dedicated to raising funds to provide defibrillators in schools and sports clubs – at Carden Park on 10th July in glorious sunshine.

The day raised a staggering £2500 for the charity that is close to the hearts of everyone involved.

Funds will be used to buy life saving equipment and put back into grass roots football clubs.

Seven year old Ciaran Geddes, a keen footballer, suffered a suspected cardiac arrest on the way to play football with his friends.
Despite first aid (CPR) he sadly passed away. Had a defibrillator been present the outcome may have been very different. Ciaran’s parents set up the charity to help prevent such a tragedy occurring again.

Ciaran’s Cause - a charity golf

(L-R) Simon Gerrard, Chief Executive of Cheshire FA, Oliver Barlow – Deputy Head teacher at Pownall Hall School Wilmslow, James Westwood, Golf Professional & Steve Davis – Manger at Crewe Alex Football Club

Sixteen teams took part, starting the day with brunch and a rundown of the day’s events as well as an insight into the charity and the work they are doing.

Bespoke shirts kindly donated by Nike and printed by Sport Jam to bear the logos of key event sponsors; Carden Park, TMC Strategic Communications as well as Nike and Sports Jam.
Following a brief practice to get the players warmed up, the teams set off with a shotgun start.
Five hours of entertaining golfing followed, with prizes awarded for best team score, best individual score, shot nearest the pin, highest score and best trousers! Teams included players from Cheshire Business, Cheshire FA and Nike such well known faces as Steve Davis the Manager of Crewe Alexander, 4 premier league refs, a team from the Professional Footballers Association and 2 from Warrington Wolves.

6pm saw the return of the tired and slightly sunburnt golfers to the clubhouse for a well earned drinks reception, followed by a 3 course dinner.
Awards were then presented to the winners on the day and a charity auction took place again in aid of Ciaran’s Cause. Sports Jam won the overall team prize.

Money was raised to cover the cost of 2 brand new state-of-the-art defibrillators and Nike very kindly donated another.

Speaking at the evening event Ciaran’s mum Marika Latham praised Cheshire FA and the teams who took part:
“It’s been a fantastic day and we can’t believe how much has been raised. It’s taken a lot of hard work to organise the event, which has really helped raise awareness and spread defibrillators around Cheshire.”

Simon Gerrard, Chief Executive of Cheshire FA said:
“Ciaran’s Cause is a fantastic initiative brought about by tragic circumstances. It is awe inspiring to see the work Marika and Steff have done to help ensure this does not happen to another family.” He went on to say, “Special thanks go out to Carden Park who allowed us to use their fantastic facilities and made sure the day went to plan. Thanks also to Nike and Sports Jam for their donations and TMC who designed flyers and advertising materials as well as attending on the day to photograph and film the event.”

For further information on Ciaran’s Cause and how you can help visit – http://ciaranscause.co.uk or follow @ciaranscause for updates on where defibrillators have been installed and forthcoming events.

The Cheshire County Football Association was founded in 1878 and is the governing body for all Football in Cheshire, and has since been responsible for the governance, organisation, education and development of football within Cheshire.

They currently have approximately 3500 teams playing various formats of affiliated football with over 60,000 weekly participants. The game is supported by over 1,000 referees and upwards of 10,000 volunteers running the game.

For more information visit www.cheshirefa.com or follow @Cheshire_FA