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£450,000 raised for Seve's cancer charity
December 15, 2010

The 30th November saw big names from the world of sport and entertainment turn out to mark the end of the amazing 2010 golfing season - and raise a fantastic £ 450,000 for the Seve Ballesteros Foundation who are working together with Cancer Research UK to fund lifesaving research into brain cancers.

After an emotionally charged year - which saw Lee Westwood become World Number One and the Europeans beat the US to the much-coveted Ryder Cup - celebrity guests including Darren Clarke, Di Stewart, Ben Shephard and Matteo Manassero were in good spirits at the appropriately named Viva La Vida event, which was inspired by Seve ' s great passion for golf and for life and literally translates into ' Live the Life ' .

Also at the event at Battersea Evolution, London, was Ivan Ballesteros, nephew of Seve, who was there to represent the great man and gave a touching speech about Seve and the adversity he has faced.  Although not well enough to attend on the night, a video montage of his unforgettable career, and a heart-warming message from the great man himself, was enough to get a standing ovation.

Seve said of the event, " I want to thank everyone who was at The Seve Ballesteros Foundation event Viva La Vida. I am very grateful about the result and I hope that together we keep working to fight this disease so patients from brain cancer can benefit in the same way I have been helped by my doctors and research done in the past. I thank everyone who was present at the event and I send you all my best wishes. "

Highlights of the event included the Seve Ballesteros Foundation ' s golf awards, as voted for by readers of The Telegraph.  First up, to mark the 150 th anniversary of the Open Championship back in July, was the award for the ' Open Champion of the last 150 years ' - the room erupted with applause as Seve was announced as the much-deserved winner, pipping Young Tom Morris, Bobby Jones, Peter Thomson, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Sir Nick Faldo to the title.

Next up was the award for ' European Golfer of the Year 2010 ' , which saw Graeme McDowell claim the title ahead of the likes of Rory Mcllroy and Lee Westwood.  Graeme could not make the event after recently competing in the World Championships in Dubai but accepted his award via a video message and said that it had been an honour to be part of a fantastic year for European Golf .

The auction provided plenty of entertainment in itself.  A staggering £ 100,000 was bid for the ' Legendary Bag of Clubs ' , which comprised a full set of clubs, each one signed by a different legend of the game, including the likes of Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player.

All money raised on the night will go towards Cancer Research UK ' s research into helping beat brain cancer.  Since Seve was diagnosed with the disease two years ago, he has endured a series of intense treatments and has fought back with the same grit and determination that we saw from him on the golf course.








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