The Maldives sponsored a gala dinner and drinks reception at Celtic Manor Resort’s Celebrity Cup in Newport, South Wales, from 13th – 14th July 2019, marking the first time a tourism brand has got involved in this prestigious golf event.

The gala dinner and drinks reception culminated in a charity raffle that showcased the Maldives and a five-night holiday for accommodation at two of Coco Collection’s resorts. Worth around £4,300, the prize was presented to lucky winner Mark Wheeldon on the night and includes three nights’ accommodation at the four-star Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu in Baa Atoll and two nights’ accommodation at the five-star Coco Bodu Hithi in North Malé Atoll.

The competition winner, Mark Wheeldon, is based in Edinburgh and will be accompanied on the holiday to Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu and Coco Bodu Hithi by his wife, Gill Wheeldon, the founder of The Bubble Foundation. The foundation, which is based at the Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne, raises funds to provide medical research, toys, equipment and accommodation for babies born with defective immune systems. In 2016, singer Brian McFadden was announced as the new President of The Bubble Foundation, following his help in raising thousands of pounds for the Foundation since 2004.

Celtic Manor Resort’s annual Celebrity Cup sees some of the biggest names in sport and show business swap paparazzi for putters and battle it out in a thrilling clash between teams representing Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland. Stars teeing up at this year’s competition included actor James Nesbitt, TV presenter Gethin Jones, rugby player Mike Tindall and entrepreneur and TV star Peter Jones.

Speaking about the prize, Coco Collection Hotels & Resorts’ Chief Commercial Officer, Andrew Ashmore, said: “Coco Collection Hotels and Resorts are proud to be associated with this prestigious event, which is well recognised in the industry and the UK. We are excited to welcome Mark and Gill to our resort and wish them a memorable stay and experience. We are looking forward to being associated with this event for many more years to come, and to keep welcoming the winners to our beautiful unique Maldivian resorts.”

Along with four hotels and two exceptional spas, Celtic Manor Resort is also home to three 18-hole championship golf courses, including the Twenty Ten course, which was the first course in history to be designed and built specifically to host The Ryder Cup in 2010.

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Photo Caption:
Image 1: The Maldives sponsored the gala dinner at Celtic Manor Resort’s Celebrity Cup 2019.
Image 2: The holiday prize won includes a stay at the five-star Coco Bodu Hithi in the Maldives. Image courtesy of Coco Collection Hotels and Resorts.
Image 2: Singer Brian McFadden with winner Gill Wheeldon, founder of The Bubble Foundation. Image courtesy of Steve Pope Photography.

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