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Trafford Golf Centre to help raise money for transplant charity

1.30pm 11th October 2021 - People

Trafford Golf Centre in Manchester will be donating 1p for every ball hit at the range on October 14 to raise money for the Freeman Heart & Lung Transplant Association.

The charity is close to the heart of the family of five-year-old George Hughes (pictured above) who have all been raising awareness for organ donation and supporting Freeman Heart & Lung Transplant Association.

George started playing golf at just 18 months old with a set of plastic clubs in the back garden of his grandparents’ house, whilst his dad, David, was in hospital awaiting a heart transplant, with George’s mum, Louise at her husband’s side. David received the heart transplant in March 2018 but tragically, due to complications, passed away a few weeks later.

Being surrounded by so much sadness at such a young age, George found golf to be a great distraction and something for him to focus on. He began to show exceptional skills and his granddad Tony Sedgwick – who recognised George’s talent – started taking him to play at Wigan Golf Club and the driving range. It was there where George was recommended for lessons with Nick Holmes at Trafford Golf Centre and now his love for the sport is growing all the time!

George’s skill set improved immensely under the guidance of Nick, who has been teaching George techniques to help him strike the ball better and more consistently whilst keeping his interest in the game by making everything fun, as well as creating challenges that he can relate to.

George’s granddad, Tony: “Any child showing an interest in golf, should consider speaking with Trafford Golf and giving it a go, or their Dino Falls Adventure Golf, which is a fabulous and fun set-up for all levels of golfers. The venue and all the staff are so professional and take away any snobbery image golf has got, by merely opening the sport of golf up to all people and of all abilities. 

“We’re so pleased that the Trafford Golf Centre team is supporting the Freeman Heart & Lung Transplant Association, who help people from all over the UK and look forward to being part of their charity day, and to be around to discuss the importance of organ donation.”

Trafford Golf Centre’s Director of Golf, Pete Styles: “At Trafford Golf Centre our focus is offering great golfing experiences for all – whether that be an awesome introduction to golf on our two adventure golf courses or developing skills on our driving range. George is proof of how much fun the game of golf can be for all ages, his passion and talent for the game is clear to see and his face lights up when he’s playing golf. I’m delighted he’s enjoying his golf lessons with one of our Senior PGA Professionals, Nick Holmes. 

“Inspired by George and his family I’m proud that on October 14 we will be hosting this charity day on behalf of the Freeman Heart & Lung Transplant Association. We will be donating 1p per ball and on a good day we will hit  around 60,000 balls, so we invite everybody to join us and George to have a whack in aid of this brilliant cause.”

Trafford Golf Centre’s Nick Holmes with five-year-old George Hughes
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