The Trust was set up in 2003 in memory of Eloise and Katie Plunkett, two young sisters who both died of cancer. It funds small projects in England and Scotland that make a real difference to the lives of young people and supports causes which are important to the Plunkett family – particularly cancer and Parkinson’s Disease.
Organised by Alice Plunkett, the face of Channel 4 racing in memory of her sisters, the day featured the great and good from the racing world. Team Church House, consisting of Rushmore member Neil Hiscock and James Johnsen, were delighted to be joined by John Francome MBE, the 7-times Champion Jockey, and Christopher Gabbey, former Secretary of Royal St. George’s golf club. As a result of this (and the Texas Scramble scoring system), we came in a respectable third out of 18 teams with a score of 8 under par.
The day could not have been bettered with beautiful weather showing the gracious parkland setting of Rushmore at its best. William Fox-Pitt MBE (Alice’s husband and club President) hosted the lunch afterwards, with Alice interviewing – among others from the world of racing – Sir A.P. McCoy, Richard Johnson OBE, Jamie Snowden, Mick Fitzgerald, Carl Llewellyn and her commentary colleague, Rishy Persaud, on their varied golfing efforts, to much laughter.
Just over £20,000 was raised, to the delight of Mrs Celia Plunkett, the girls’ mother, who attended the day.