Last Thursday 17th May Leemic had the pleasure of sponsoring and attending Cotton Traders Annual Golf Day at Mere Golf Club, in aide of Help for Heroes. Leemic have played a role in this event in various forms over the past few years and it has become a very special part of our annual events calendar.
Cotton Traders are one of our longest serving clients and over the years friendships have been formed between our two organisations. The 17th May was a testament to our working relationship and also a testament to the tremendous fund raising efforts of Cotton Traders in aide of Help for Heroes.
Seven years ago Fran Cotton, Chairman of Cotton Traders, pledged to raise £1,000,000 for Help for Heroes. Whilst this was an extraordinarily generous thing to do it was also a very steep challenge for the team. However the commitment to this goal has been unwavering and last Thursday Cotton Traders presented a check to Help for Heroes for a staggering £1,017,456.
The day its self was a spectacle, there was not a cloud in the sky, the sun was sparkling, the Mere Lake was glistening and the golf was a roaring success. Then came for the evening activities; the guests looked resplendent in their attire and the three course dinner was sumptuous, however it was the after dinner speeches who stole the show.
The evening was compered by the fabulous Roger Dakien (a former England Hockey player) who hosted the auction and the raffle. There was a speech from Snooker Legend Dennis Taylor, who delighted guests with a tales from his career. Last but certainly not least the star of the evening took to the stage, Bernie Broad, Ambassador for Help for Heroes and Captain of England in the 2017 Invictus Games – in other words a real life superHERO!
Bernie Broad was an Army Major with the Grenadier Guards and served in the army for 32 years before losing both of his legs below the knee during and explosion in Helmand Provence in 2009. Major Broad was insightful, comical, humble and awe inspiring in equal measure. His tales of his army tours, his recovery from injury and involvement with the Invictus games was very powerful and incredibly moving.
We would just like to say congratulations to Cotton Traders, your support of the Help for Heroes charity has been inspirational and we were so proud to be involved in this tremendous cause.
See you next year for triumphant success!