PGA Professional John Reay, 63, has won the Toby Sunderland award for helping to raise more than £3 million for charity. He received the award on the eve of the Open Championship at St Andrews during the annual PGA reception. The award was presented by Warren Sunderland, whose father created the award 20 years ago.
The Stoneleigh Golf Club and John Reay Golf Centre owner has used his efforts to support numerous charities including Fight For Sight which has benefited to the tune of £305,000. Perhaps the charity closest to his heart is the Great Ormond Street Hospital which helped his son Johnny born with Apert’s Syndrome which is a genetic defect leading to anomalies in the hands, feet and cranium. He received a cheque for £1,200 for winning the award which he will give to the hospital.
Commenting Reay said, “We’ve seen at first hand the fantastic work that Great Ormond Street Hospital does having supported him for 15 years. He’s had countless operations which will stand him in good stead for the future and the support and care of the doctors and nurses is something we’ll never forget.”
Each year he turns his attentions to the nominated charity of the Stoneleigh Golf Club captain and charities helped include Helen Ley, Warwick Museum, TNT/Wooden Spoon, Coventry Building Society, SSAFA, NSPCC, Coventry Rugby Club Foundation, Leamington Spa Rotary, CCFPA, EEIBA and Coventry Homes.
Also receiving awards, and £250 for their chosen charities, were Ireland’s Roy Skillen for the Mary Peters Trust; Scotland’s Muriel Thomson (Little Drops Charity Trust); Anthony Howarth from the north region (Bridlington Lifeboat); Alan Fletcher from the east region (The British Heart Foundation); and James Harraway from the west (SARCOMA UK).
Pictured from left: Warren Sunderland, John Reay and PGA captain Nicky Lumb