A GOLF club has raised more than £20,000 for a children’s charity after a host of sporting stars lent their support by taking to the fairway.

Pryors Hayes Golf Club in Tarvin held its annual charity event with 172 golfers taking to the course to help raise funds for the Stick ‘n’ Step charity.

Footballing icons such as Liverpool legends Ian St John, Ronnie Whelan and Gary Gillespie joined other famous faces including Evertonians Derek Mountfield and Graeme Sharp and former Manchester United stars Frank Stapleton, Arthur Albiston and Alex Stepney.

The charity, which provides specialist conductive education for children with cerebral palsy at the Stick ‘n’ Step centre in Wallasey, is backed by Sky Sports football commentator Rob Palmer, whose son Ellis has attended the centre for eight years.

Palmer said: “Every year the event gets bigger and more successful.

“A measure of the success is the fact that the ex-footballers now bring their own teams of guests and almost everyone returns year after year.”

Following the hugely successful tournament, comedian Stan Boardman assumed the role of compere for an auction including sporting memorabilia donated by Liverpool, Everton and Manchester United.

Pryors Hayes club professional Freddy Valenti also raised thousands of pounds by spending five hours challenging players to ‘beat the pro’ or get a hole-in-one for a car donated by Grenson Motors.

Rob added: “The money raised really gives the charity a solid financial start and the generosity of everyone at Pryors Hayes and the sponsors Grenson Motors is really heartwarming.

“Owner Martin Redrup donates the course, the pro Freddy Valenti oversees the smooth running and a team of members really get behind the event.”