Jonathan Wilkes leads celebrity sports day

Singer and actor, Jonathan Wilkes, is planning to host a celebrity golf day to raise funds for national charity, Caudwell Children as he becomes just one of a host of star ambassadors following in the footsteps of Stephen Gately and Elizabeth Hurley to name only a couple.

The charity tell us that Wilkes has already signed up his mates Ant & Dec – the popular faces of ITV – to join him for the day of golf at Foxhills Golf Resort in Surrey, with more high-profile names expected to follow suit.

“Caudwell Children is based in my home town of Stoke-on-Trent so I’ve been aware of the fantastic work they do with disabled kids for a long time. I was honoured to be asked to become an official ambassador and I’m now looking forward to getting some mates on to the golf course to help me raise some money for the charity.” said Wilkes.

Famed for his singing and musical theatre acting, Wilkes is also a keen sportsman and has played in the Sky One show The Match as well as masterminding the idea for TV’s Soccer Aid with childhood friend, Robbie Williams.

“Sport has a unique way of bringing people together so it can used to support worthwhile causes like this. With the help of a few mates I’m sure we can make the day a huge success.” he added.

Jonathan joins the likes of Sir Elton John, Elizabeth Hurley and Peter Andre as ambassadors of the charity, which provides support for disabled children living in the UK.

Caudwell Children acts as a safety net for families caring for a disabled child. Since 2000 the charity has provided services worth over £17million and helped thousands of children from across the UK.

Trudi Beswick, Chief Executive of Caudwell Children, said: “We were thrilled when Jonathan agreed to host the golf event and become an official ambassador. We’ve known him for a long time and it is fantastic to have the support of someone that obviously cares about charity a great deal.”

One high profile Caudwell ambassador was actor and singer Stephen Gately of Boyzone fame. After Stephen died tragically young aged just 33 in 2009, from an undetected heart problem, his fans continued to support the charity – and thus far have raised nearly £40,000 since his death for Caudwell Children.

The Caudwell Children Celebrity Golf Classic takes place at Foxhills Golf Resort in Surrey on Thursday 26th April 2012.