The only prize Roger won at school was for public spirit. He didn’t appreciate what a defining moment that would be. He missed his moment of glory at the normal huge school prizegiving because for 1975 prizegiving the teachers went on strike and no such day was held! He chose “How the Lions Won” the story of the 1971 and 1974 famous Lions victorious tours. Since then Roger has given to charity and public service in numerous ways here is a flavour.
Alice Cooper Solid Rock Foundation Golf Tournament
25th April 2016 saw Roger compete in the Alice Cooper charity golf tournament in Mesa Arizona. Cooper’s Solid Rock foundation supports disadvantaged teenagers and those needing guidance and help. At Las Sendas golf course he had the pleasure to meet Alice who was an idol from when he bought ‘School’s out’ aged 11! Great fun and a great cause. As a result of teaming up with Blueink, a company based in Mesa a return trip was made on 28th April 2018 to play in the tournament again. On this occasion the team played with Larry the Cable Guy, who was great fun and had music playing from start to finish on the 18 holes!
Confrerie du Sabre d’Or
Roger is a Chevalier of the Order and regularly demonstrates a sabrage of a champagne bottle or two!
With a Red Devil strapped to his back he took part in a 10-man team from the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors including his beautiful wife Roberta. A fantastic day and an amazing experience. Thanks to the generosity of friends, family and colleagues the team managed to raise nearly £10,000 for the Livery Companies Charitable Funds.
Most golf holes in 12 hours on foot
On Monday 28th September 2015 Roger embarked on the craziest of challenges. At Fulwell Golf Club starting at 6.40am he managed to play 169 holes in the 12 hours, only with a seven iron! He did not make the World record but has an unconfirmed British record. Over the 12 hours 40 miles were walked powered all the way by SSP Golf Bars and of course dressed in Royal & Awesome.
Treloar School & College
Treloar provides facilities for severely disabled boys and girls and the most extraordinary education facility. The school in Alton Hampshire offers a wonderful facility and hosts some delightful pupils along with an amazingly dedicated staff. To hear a concert from the students is extremely moving. To see the adversity and courage shown is humbling. To see the dedication from the teachers and helpers is truly inspiring. Roger has had the honour to organise their Gala Dinner at Mansion House in the City of London for four years and raise much needed funds.
4 Course Challenge
With a passion for golf that verges on addiction over the last five years Roger had always wanted to achieve a challenge he first heard of 20 years ago. Reading of International Rugby players going around England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales in 24 hours and playing 18 holes of golf in each. When set a challenge by Sparks to promote their 72 holes in one day at Fulwell Golf Course it seemed obvious to replicate this feet. With huge gratitude to the helicopter pilots, SSP Golf Bars and Royal & Awesome for their support and assistance. Playing at Lough Erne in County Fermanagh at 4am to start the challenge and finishing at the Manor House Castle Coombe at 9.30pm the whole day was magical. The Scottish leg was generously provided with great hospitality by Gleneagles and Celtic Manor was the scene of the Welsh part. The day will stay in the memory forever and the fact nearly £6,000 was raised the icing on the cake.
Master of Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors
Roger had the great honour of being Master of the Chartered Surveyors Livery Company in 2012 delivering a packed programme of events, raising substantial sums for the Companies charities and contributing to the Civic City of London.