Golf star Gary Player raises £140k for hostel in Willesden

Golfers: Hendrik Riehmer, Gary Player, Dr Hans-Walters Peters and Colin Montgomerie

Golfers: Hendrik Riehmer, Gary Player, Dr Hans-Walters Peters and Colin Montgomerie - Credit: Archant

An international golf event led by a legendary player has raised more than £140,000 for a homeless shelter in Willesden.

Particpants of the fundraiser

Particpants of the fundraiser - Credit: Archant

The $225,000 proceeds raised from the Berenberg Gary Player Invitational (BGPI) will be donated to Depaul UK who manage a long-stay hostel in Willesden Lane.

The annual event, which is the brainchild of golfer Gary Player, includes a golf tournament, fundraising auction and a dinner gala attended by the biggest names in the sport.

In May, Mr Player visited the hostel which provides residents age between 16 and 24 with accommodation, specialist support and assistance, to see the good work funds raised through his sporting tournaments have done to support their cause.

He also showed residents how to tee-off during a number of fun activities.

Gary Player during his visit to the hostel (Pic credit: Dave Burlison)

Gary Player during his visit to the hostel (Pic credit: Dave Burlison) - Credit: Archant

BGPI, which ended on Monday, also celebrating the 50th anniversary of Mr Player’s Grand Slam and his 80th Birthday.

The event’s sponsors investment bank Berenberg also celebrated its 425th anniversary.

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Mr Player said: “Following my visit to the hostel I can tell you firsthand what a difference it makes.

“The money raised provides young people in need with secure accommodation and assistance that helps them effectively develop life skills and establish a routine in their lives, something which most of us take for granted each day.

“Thank you to all.”