Article By Jason West

The Darlington Charity Cup with Acklam Car Centre

A LINE-UP of celebrity sportsmen have been trying their hands at an altogether different game in a bid to help sick youngsters. The host of former footballers, a television presenter and world boxing champion descended on Woodham Golf and Country Club, near Newton Aycliffe, to battle it out for charity.



Raising funds for the Darlington Charity Cup, which makes donations to children suffering from life-threatening illnesses, the players took part in the tournament on Friday. Former Bradford City player and president of the charity, Ben Smith, who managed to rope in some of his old pals, said the charity day had raised an estimated £4,000. “It’s been absolutely fantastic,” he added. “They’ve all played well and everyone enjoyed themselves.”

Among the played were Newcastle United scout Kevin Stonehouse, TV presenter Les Langley, former world boxing champion Glenn McCrory, ex-Newcastle United players Alan Shoulder and Billy Rafferty, former Sunderland and current Gateshead FC player Simon Ramsden and ex-Sunderland player and coach Kevin Ball.

The tournament saw 20 teams of four, including one sporting celebrity, take to the course for the competition. And it was the team headed up by ex-Middlesbrough footballer Neil Maddison that won the charity golf day crown.

PLAY: Sportsmen, left to right, Peter Hampton, Peter Cartwright, Dave Goodchild, Neil Maddison, Dean Gordon, Lawrie Pearson, Joe Allon, Alan Shoulder, Billy Rafferty and Colin Smith at the charity day Picture: PAUL NORRIS
PLAY: Sportsmen, left to right, Peter Hampton, Peter Cartwright, Dave Goodchild, Neil Maddison, Dean Gordon, Lawrie Pearson, Joe Allon, Alan Shoulder, Billy Rafferty and Colin Smith at the charity day Picture: PAUL NORRIS


Here at Acklam Car Centre we love getting involved in quirky and unusual events. When the opportunity came up to supply this beautiful car as a prize for a hole in one we couldn't say no. Especially due to the extremely good cause and charity set up by one of our customers, Ben Smith.

It was an amazing day, the sun was shining and the prize sat neatly on a pristine tuft of turf upon entry to the car park. We would have very much liked if someone had won and got a hole-in-one but it wasn't meant to be! Someone did eventually get a hole in one, however it was on the wrong hole (Poor guy thought he had won!)

Prize supplied by Acklam Car Centre
Prize supplied by Acklam Car Centre
Prize supplied by Acklam Car Centre
Prize supplied by Acklam Car Centre