June 2008 – Early this week, top law partners joined The Royal Bank of Scotland (“RBS”) staff on a ‘100 holes in one day’ Golfing Marathon at the Badgemore Park Golf Club in Henley-on-Thames to raise funds for the Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust.
Team members for the Golfing Marathon were made up of eight RBS employees, all part of the Property Structured Finance division of the bank, as well as top law partners from firms Stephenson Harwood, Addleshaw Goddard, S. J. Berwin and Denton Wilde Sapte.
During the Golfing Marathon, players had to complete 100 holes, without the aid of trolleys or buggies, in one day. This is the equivalent of 5.6 rounds of a regular game of golf. Teeing off at 4:15am and finishing just before 10pm, the team walked over 26 miles to complete the challenge.
The Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust provides a helicopter emergency service for the counties of Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. This is a valuable part of the 999 service but receives no funding from the NHS and relies entirely on sponsorship, donations and fundraising activities. The charity has saved countless lives since it was established in June 1999 and has flown nearly 9,666 missions to date
Lyn Paver, Chief Executive, The Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust, said:
“We are delighted to hear that so much was raised at the event. To have such support validates the work of the Charity and the crew in our wish to keep this vital life-saving service going. Because we receive no funding from the Government or the Lottery it means every penny literally will help to keep us flying. We are very grateful to the RBS team and hope they are not too tired for another round of golf in the near future!”
Commenting on the day, Patrick Walton, Associate Director, Property Structured Finance at RBS, added:
“The Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance is an amazing charity that makes a real difference to thousands of people’s lives. I am absolutely thrilled to have taken part in this challenge and to share this experience with such a dedicated and talented golfing team. It was the longest game of golf in my life, but well worth it! Thankfully the 101st hole proved less challenging.”
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Notes to Editors
• The Royal Bank of Scotland Group (“RBS”) is one of the world’s leading financial services companies providing a range of retail and corporate banking, financial markets, consumer finance, insurance, and wealth management services. RBS Group operates in over 50 countries across Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Middle East serving more than 40 million customers and employing more than 170,000 people. In addition to the provision of a full range of banking services under The Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest brands, RBS Group also includes ABN AMRO, Citizens Financial Group, Ulster Bank, Coutts Group, Direct Line and Churchill.
• RBS Property Structured Finance Team included: Neil Rudge, Stuart Cruickshank, Lee Franklin, Barrie Davison, Ian Arnold, Peter McClay, Barry O’Driscoll and Patrick Walton.
• Partners from law firms Stephenson Harwood, Addleshaw Goddard, S. J. Berwin and Denton Wilde Sapte included: Richard Light, James Salford, Stuart Brinkworth and James Linforth; we were also assisted on the day by Joey Wong Thomas who generously acted as support throughout the challenge.