Both charities are dedicated to supporting children and adults in need, with Diabetes UK the leading UK charity for people affected by diabetes and the European Tour Foundation working with charities, players, governing bodies and partners to ensure a lasting legacy in the countries where the European Tour plays.
Jamie Birkmyre, Championship Director BMW PGA Championship, said: “We are privileged to welcome Diabetes UK and the European Tour Foundation on board as this year’s Official Charity Partners at the BMW PGA Championship. Each year the partnerships we have will help to raise funds for both organisations and will have a positive impact on individuals and communities throughout the UK.”
Chris Askew, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, said: “We are delighted and honoured to be charity partner to this year’s BMW PGA Championship; the money and awareness this incredible event will raise will – no doubt – help us change the lives of those living with or at risk of diabetes.
“We want to extend our sincere thanks to everyone involved in this partnership. Diabetes is one of the biggest health crises of our time, and it’s only by working together; raising money, raising awareness and – as with this tournament – championing the benefits of sport and physical activity, that we’ll be able to truly achieve our goal of a world where diabetes can do no harm.”
Nick Rose, the Head of European Tour Foundation, added: “We are delighted to be an Official Charity partner of the BMW PGA Championship. We now enter a new era which sees the European Tour embarking on a far greater, global philanthropic strategy and we are very much looking forward to working with Diabetes UK at this world-class event.”
Chris Wood, a former winner of the BMW PGA Championship in 2016, was at the prestigious Surrey venue commented, “I think it’s great that golf tournaments like the BMW PGA Championship can have such a positive impact on so many different people and I am delighted to see both charities, Diabetes UK and the European Tour Foundation, benefiting from one of our biggest events on the European Tour.”