Charley Simpson completes Hole in One Challenge for BBC Children in Need
24th November 2017

A determined fundraiser at Rydal Penrhos braved the conditions to complete a special challenge in aid of a nationwide cause.

Charley Simpson, a Year 8 pupil at the school, embarked on a special Hole in One Challenge at Rhos on Sea Golf Club in aid of BBC Children in Need on Tuesday, November 21.

Staff at the club had to make a temporary green for the 13-year-old due to recent bad weather, with the pin set at 118 yards away.

After a full day of attempting to secure an ace, Charley came within 13 centimetres of achieving this feat, while also hitting the pin twice during the gruelling task.

He was joined at the course by fellow Golf Academy members Adrian Lewis and Reuben Bather, who also tried to gain a hole-in-one as part of the public competition, which was won by Mark Burford from Rhuddlan Golf Club.

This is the eighth year that the pupil has taken part in a gruelling fundraising event for the national cause, and has raised more than £11,000 to date.

Aged five Charley cycled 14 miles from Pensarn to Llandudno, and a year later completed the “Top Gear Triathlon”, consisting of walking, cycling and go karting round the BBC programme’s testing track.

At seven he cycled from Chester to Llandudno, trekked up Snowdon and has completed a marathon 2,372 yard, 72-hole challenge at Rhos on Sea Golf Club.

Mother Rachel Simpson, said: “Over the course of the day Charley shot in the region of 8/900 balls - but sadly did not get that elusive Hole in One.

“Despite the harsh weather, Charley kept his spirits up with the help of friends and family, club members and school golf academy members who came along throughout the day to compete for a hole in one, and the nearest the pin prize of a hamper.

“Huge thanks must go to everyone who supported him, particularly Rhos os Sea Golf Club members, and the friends who came along to keep Charley’s spirits up.”

This latest fundraising drive from the pupil has raised more than £850 so far with donations still being taken, and anyone wishing to contribute can do so by visiting

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