December 13 2013 Latest news:
Friday, September 20, 2013
The father of a boy who died when he was just 18 months old was looking to beat the £9,000 raised last year from an annual golf tournament for the hospital which helped care for him.
Brad McLean, who organised the Stanley McLean memorial golf day at Sprowston Manor with his wife Debbie, was hoping to raise £11,000 from Friday’s event, with the sum being split between East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) and Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in London, which gave the couple extra time with Stanley after he was born with a heart defect.
He underwent his first open heart surgery when he was two days old and his second in May 2011. He died following the third open heart surgery operation in July 2012.
Thirty teams of four competed in the golf day around the 18-hole course, with prizes for the top three teams and top three individual scores, including an overnight stay with golf at a Marriott hotel.
The format of the competition, the second ever held, was that points were awarded to players who made par on each hole and the three highest points scorers were taken into account. Amateurs from Maidstone, Northampton and London took part and there was also a Mini Cooper on offer for the golfer that managed a hole-in-one on the 14th.
Mr McLean, who is director of golf at Sprowston Manor, said £5,300 of the money raised would help to fund the EACH hospice at Quidenham for a day, which provides care and support to the families of children with life threatening conditions.
He said the GOSH money would pay for an echo machine for the hospital which would use ultrasound to check for heart defects.
“The sun has been shining and it has been absolutely perfect. Everybody has been enjoying themselves,” Mr McLean said.