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Charity Golf Aids Lewis Family Honour

Last updated: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - Save & Share

A Walsall family has been honoured with a national diabetes fundraising award after a security industry charity golf day took their funds raised over the £50,000 mark.

Diabetes UK awarded the Lewis family both their regional and national Inspire Awards for their amazing work to raise funds for research to help find a cure for type 1 diabetes after their son Michael died in October 2015 from complications related to the illness.

Mother and father Cheryl and Tim Lewis and their other son, Nathan, are passionate about raising funds and awareness so set up the Michael Lewis Foundation in March 2016.

Alongside fellow trustees Steve Roberts, Michael’s uncle, and Chris Edwards, Cheryl’s boss, they have organised numerous events to raise money including holding a charity gig in Birmingham, golf days, football matches and tough mudders – and have already exceeded £50,000

They raised £25,000 last year while raising awareness of the condition by working with schools, companies and other organisations to share their story.

In the past month, they have organised a charity ball in Sutton Coldfield that raised a further £8,320.

And Steve Roberts, who is also marketing manager for security fencing systems manufacturer Zaun Limited, organised a Security Industry Charity Golf Day at Walsall Golf Club that raised another £8,300.  He plans to make it an annual event.

Michael died after suffering a cardiac arrest in his sleep on 25 November 2015 while working in Dubai, aged only 20.  The family believe he died of Dead In Bed syndrome, associated with type 1 diabetes.

Michael had lived with the condition since the age of four, but never allowed it to prevent him achieving his goals.

Steve added: “We want to say a massive thank you to all of the sponsors and teams at the golf day – and give a nudge to them to come back again next year!”

Sponsors were Allens GroupBinns FencingFencexHarper ChalicePerimeter SystemsTensor and UK Security Expo.

Appropriately, the foundation team won the event, with GMS second and Binns Fencing third.  Chris Gould of PWS Ballistics Screens hit the longest drive and Chris Todd of Major Events International won nearest the pin.

Other teams included ATG AccessCrime & Fire Defence SystemsEagle AutomationEdwards MooreFM Conway and Zaun.

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