The Darren and Anna Gough Golf Day and Gala Dinner, Veterans for Wildlife’s flagship fundraising event in 2017, was a fantastic success! We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to both Darren and Anna for their tireless work over the course of this year. Without them the event would never have taken place, let alone achieve the remarkable results that we can proudly report here.

We would also like to thank the two main sponsors of the golf day itself, Heineken and Slingsby, as well as the two main sponsors of the dinner, Hamiltons and IPP Group. Our thanks also extend to the many sponsors who donated prizes, their services or otherwise contributed to the delivery of a world-class event. You really have set a new benchmark!

A particular highlight from the day was artist Ben Mosely live painting the London skyline, which went on to sell for £15,000 in the main auction. Ben then offered to paint a second piece for another guest, which also fetched £15,000; raising an impressive £30,000 in total! We must also highlight the great humour and wit of our host for the evening, Ronnie Irani. Both he and Darren were on top form!

Some of the top prizes to be auctioned were a safari for six people in South Africa, with Darren and Anna Gough as hosts, which sold for £15,000; as well as, a week-long stay for ten at Sumaridge Wine Estate in South Africa, with a private chef and bottle of wine per head per day, which sold twice for £6,500!

In total, over £115,000 was raised for the charity through a combination of ticket sales, the auctions as well as a number of other personal donations. This equates to a staggering R2.1 million! These funds have been earmarked for a number of Veterans for Wildlife’s operations in 2018 and beyond. Including the provision of operational support to the game-changing Postcode Meerkat system, the Footprints of Hope project, as well as continual training and support to rangers on the ground.

If you did not attend this year’s event, don’t worry! You can get in touch with us today and register your interest for an even bigger and better fundraiser in 2018. Details to follow.

Otherwise, if you are interested in hosting your own fundraising event in support of Veterans for Wildlife, you can find out how here.

In closing, Veterans for Wildlife would very much like to extend our thanks to the following organizations and individuals that made the day such a success:

Madison Cycle Eyewear

Ben Goldsmith

Grange Hotels

Marcus Mumford


Kevin Pieterson

Sumaridge Wines

DJ Spoony

Spirit of Harrogate

Jimmy Biddlecombe

Stewart Golf

Jules Hawkins

California Super Bike School

Tony Matharu


Dominic Bott

Hospitality Finder

Wayne Johnson

WAA / Chosen

AJ and Chloe


Gary and Josie Phillimore

The Restaurant Bar & Grill

Mark Stewart

Individual Restaurants

Tim Crutchley

Gino D’Acampo

Jarrod Ayres

Seriously Scilly

Joe Root

Rebecca Marsala

James Beddingfield

Bremont Chronometers

Karen Gurnett


Robert Brockhuizen


Rebecca Masala

Club Individual

Martin O’Connor

Karma Group

Paul Young

Belfry Golf Club

Katie Welford

Centurion Golf

Sarah and Phil Spence

Archerfields Golf CLub

Mike Dunderdale


Tee Video

Tee Video

Rewards for Racing