On Sunday 28th June 2015, Lord Sebastian Coe hosted a high-profile charitable fundraiser and first class polo match with one hundred high-society guests who dug deep into their pockets to support a great cause. Taking place at The Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club, the event raised over £26,000 for the Sebastian Coe Charitable Foundation, supporting Cancer Research UK. Proceeds went towards the completion of a brand new state-of-the-art biomedical research institute in the heart of London, the Francis Crick Institute.
Auctioned items ranged from a bronze war horse sculpture by Amy Goodman (the other belonging to Princess Anne) to a day with Sebastian Coe bought by steel magnate, Andrew Cook CBE, a polo lesson with one of the best polo players in the world, Facundo Pieres, and a fitness training session with Daley Thompson.
The polo game, a 10-goal match, was won by La Indiana with Michael Bickford, founder of the real estate investment firm, Round Hill Capital LLC, as captain. Jamie Morrison, Chairman of The Royal Berkshire and son of the late music mogul Bryan Morrison, played for La Indiana. Jamie Morrison: “It is exhilarating to have raised so much for such a good cause. The generosity of our invited guests clearly knows no bounds. This event has been a huge success and Lord Coe and I will work together to hold this event annually, doing everything we can to support such good causes.”
Cancer Research UK is one of six founding partners of the The Francis Crick Institute, which will bring together 1,200 scientists to tackle the diseases that pose the greatest threat to humanity – cancer, heart disease, lung disease and infectious diseases such as HIV and malaria.
About Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club
The Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club holds world class polo tournaments all year round, catering for members and non-members alike with events hosting everything from Hollywood glamour to rock and roll legends as well as supporting numerous charitable ventures. The club was founded by the late Bryan Morrison, music mogul famous for artists ranging from Pink Floyd to George Michael.
Set in the Berkshire countryside the club’s founding member was H.R.H. The Prince of Wales who bestowed a trophy in his name that is one of the most coveted in the English Polo season. The club runs major tournaments from The Prince of Wales Trophy to the Gold Cup (Arena) and hold an annual festival where the grounds are opened up to the public (16th Aug). The club also has an international fashion brand sold in over forty countries around the world.
About the Sebastian Coe Charitable Foundation
• Sebastian Coe set up his Foundation with the ambition of improving physical wellbeing by supporting projects in sport, health, education and science
• The Foundation has partnered with Cancer Research UK, the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research
• The aim of the Foundation is to raise £2million towards the Francis Crick Institute, a brand new state-of-the-art biomedical research institute at the heart of London
• Due to open later this year, the Francis Crick Institute will bring together 1,200 scientists to tackle the diseases that pose the greatest threat to humanity – cancer, heart disease, lung disease and infectious diseases such as HIV and malaria.