Golfers spice up fundraising night

Chris Gray from CHUF, Chloe Beaney, Hussain Ahmed and John Lee.
Chris Gray from CHUF, Chloe Beaney, Hussain Ahmed and John Lee.

Members of a Northumberland golf club have been raising funds to help improve facilities for a hospital children’s ward.

Members and friends of Bedlingtonshire Golf Club attended a charity fundraiser for the Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF), which raises money to help the Children’s Heart Unit at The Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.

Event organiser and club member, John Lee was approached by fellow member Kevin Beaney who suggested raising funds for CHUF. He is great uncle to Chloe Beaney, the Cramlington teenager who had a lifesaving heart transplant operation at the unit last year, and has just celebrated her first ‘heart’ anniversary.

The event, a dinner and raffle held at Ashianna Indian restaurant in Bedlington, raised close to £1,800 for the charity.

John said: “We all knew about Chloe’s incredible story and amazing recovery, so when Kevin suggested we raise funds for the charity connected to the children’s heart unit, it felt like the perfect choice.”

Chloe, now 15, and mum, Catriona attended the event. Catriona said: “We’d just like to thank everyone at the golf club and at Ashianna for their generosity and hospitality.

“Chloe and I had a wonderful night and it feels great to play just a small part in giving something back to those who did so much for Chloe and our family. We hope the money raised will go towards helping others who might sadly find themselves in the situation we did last year.”

Chris Gray, head of fundraising at CHUF said: “Chloe’s incredibly brave battle captured everyone’s hearts last year. It’s humbling to see that Chloe, her family and the community in Bedlington have been so supportive.

“We give our heartfelt thanks to John Lee and all his fellow members at Bedlingtonshire Golf Club and assure them the funds raised will be put to helping more children, who might find themselves in Chloe’s situation, achieve their dreams.”