A Foundation of fizz to support a fallen friend

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Martin Moodie
Martin Moodie is the Founder & Chairman of The Moodie Report.

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Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again;
Though lovers be lost love shall not;
And death shall have no dominion.

– Dylan Thomas

Word reaches The Moodie Blog that Scorpio Worldwide Managing Director Ian Cowie is raising much-needed funds for the British Heart Foundation in honour of one of travel retail’s great fallen companions, Alan Edwards who passed away so tragically last year.

Ian is raffling a Nebuchadnezzar of Champagne (below) for the Foundation, a charity that Alan supported. For the uninitiated, a Nebuchadnezzar holds the equivalent of 20 750ml bottles of Champagne or 15 litres in total. That’s a fair amount of fizz, even by travel retail partying standards.

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I’ll let Ian take up the story from here: “Every year, for the past five years, in the sleepy Sussex Downs a bunch of hungover bandits awake to play a much looked forward to end of season golf competition.  This is called the ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ on the basis that it is the time to pack the clubs away in the UK and the winner receives a magnum of Rodger Craig’s finest cellar dregs.

“The first-ever champion of this event was one Mr Alan Edwards, who tore up the course and taught it a lesson on that sunny autumn day.

“Five years on, we met the evening before the competition with one notable absentee.  That evening, inspired by the fantastic memorial dinner in Cannes, we sat, wearing the Welsh colours and got suitably bunkered in his memory.

“The following day we met at the first tee knowing that the winner would have the challenge of raising money in Alan’s memory for his chosen charity.  The task – offloading the biggest bottle of Champagne I have seen in my life!!!  I won and have the challenge of raising as much as I can for raffling this fabulous prize, very kindly donated by Rodger Craig.

“Whether you would like it as an ornament or have one hell of a party, the choice is yours.”

A minimum donation of £20 gains access to the draw for the Champagne. The draw is scheduled to take place at the end of June.

You can support this great cause and honour the memory of a wonderful and generous man with a heart bigger than the whole of his native Wales by visiting here: http://www.justgiving.com/alangolfchampion

Footnote: The British Heart Foundation is the UK’s leading heart charity. Every day it save lives through pioneering research, providing vital information to help people reduce their own heart health risks, campaigning for change and supporting and caring for heart patients

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