A father has held a charity FootGolf tournament to raise money to supports parents with Parkinson’s disease.
The tournament, organised by Jimmy Beale from Burstow, consisted of teams and players all competing for the Team Fox Cup and took place at village’s Gatwick FootGolf Club.
They raised £650 from the tournament which will go towards supporting Team Fox, an American community fundraising programme set up by the Michael J Fox Foundation to raise money to help combat Parkinson’s.
The tournament featured several players who play the sport nationally and the winner was the current number one FootGolfer in the country.
FootGolf is a mixture of football and golf played with a size five ball on a course with 18 holes and has been increasing in popularity in the past two years.
Jimmy’s efforts have been noted by the sport with two sponsorships of $1000 from FootGolf tournaments.
The idea came from a number of his friends enjoying Football and FootGolf and the idea was a fun and easy way to raise some money towards the charity.
It is not the first FootGolf tournament he has held, with a charity tournament at Tilgate Park taking place in July.
He plans to carry out more FootGolf tournaments in the future following the positive response to the tournament.
In further support of the charity he plans to run the New York Marathon in November and the Walt Disney World ‘Dopey Challenge’ in January next year.
Through the marathons he is hoping to raise a further $3,500 for charity and is currently less than $200 away from this target with two months to go.
The move to support the charity followed his father Michael’s diagnosis of Parkinson’s ten years ago.
His father used to play football in Three Bridges and the football club has since sponsored Jimmy $100.
Regarding the donation Mr Beale said: “It does mean a lot, he still watches the games and is a former under 18s manager and knows a lot of the guys down there.”
To sponsor Jimmy and find out more information about the Michael J Fox Foundation go to www.michaeljfox.org/get-involved/find-a-fundraiser.php and search for Jimmy Beale.
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