Our Patron

Peter Alliss, “The Voice of Golf”

The Charity is proud to have Peter Alliss as its Patron and is grateful for his very active participation over many years.

Born in 1931, Peter decided at the age of sixteen to follow in his famous father Percy’s footsteps and make a living playing golf.

During a long and distinguished career, Peter won three British PGA championships, played on eight Ryder cup teams and represented England in golf’s World Cup ten times.

He won twenty-three notable tournaments in all, most memorably in 1958 when he won the Italian, Spanish and Portuguese Open Championships in successive weeks.

Since his time as a player he has become known as a widely knowledgeable commentator with an instantly recognisable style that has endeared him to millions for whom he is simply ‘The Voice of Golf’.

Peter was inducted into the “World Golf Hall of Fame” in May 2012 in recognition of his lifetime achievements.

A personal message from Peter Alliss

“In 1975, a gentleman called George Makey approached me and asked if I would be interested in joining him in a “wheelchair crusade” for young people. He had no idea if it would be a success but he had plenty of enthusiasm!

At that time I was the Professional at the Parkstone Golf Club which overlooks Poole Harbour. George worked for Lombard, a large financial company with offices in Bournemouth. The charity started modestly and my involvement at the time was minimal. George ploughed on plying me with information as to his various activities but, at times, I felt we weren’t making much progress.

George kept going, the years crept by and, rather like Topsy, the charity grew and grew. We’ve been going now for over 30 years and during that time many wonderful clubs and golfing societies have joined our crusade. As I write, the money collected over the years, which basically has come in small donations, is around the £7 million mark, yes £7 million!

I would like to think our crusade will carry on and we shall continue to supply young people, and some not so young, with powered wheelchairs which change their lives, and certainly those of their carers who for so long have struggled heroically to push those wheelchairs uphill and down dale, ending the day out of breath but with an overwhelming feeling of goodwill inside them.

Here’s to the future. Do join us!”

Peter Alliss