Bereaved Wymondham Dad’s golf day takes total raised for children’s charities to more than £100k

Stanley's father, Brad McLean, has helped raise more than £100k for children's charities. Picture: T

Stanley's father, Brad McLean, has helped raise more than £100k for children's charities. Picture: Thorpeness Golf Club - Credit: Archant

Brad McLean has raised in excess of £100,000 for children's charities since losing his son, Stanley, at just 18 months old.

Mr McLean surpassed the milestone after holding a charity golf day at Thorpeness Golf Club, Suffolk, where he is general manager.

Around 90 golfers teed off on the day, before bidding for auction prizes including golf breaks and sports memorabilia. In total, £10,688 was raised at the event, meaning Mr Mclean has passed the £100,000 mark since he began fundraising for The Stanley McLean Trust.

Mr McLean, from Norwich Road, Wymondham, said: '£100,000 is an incredible amount of money to raise in Stanley's memory. I'd like to thank everyone who has supported us in trying to help other families and children battling life-threatening illnesses and coping with the tragedy of child bereavement.

'Our family is fortunate enough to have received great support from all walks of life, but especially from within the golf community and members at the clubs where I've worked.'

Stanley passed away in 2012 after battling with a rare heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallots, which was further complicated by a missing pulmonary valve. Stanley received treatment from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), and after his passing, Mr McLean and his wife, Debbie, received grief and bereavement counselling from East Anglian Children's Hospices (Each) at Quidenham Hospice, Norwich.

The Stanley McLean Trust was established to support these charities, which provided Stanley and his family with vital support when they needed it the most.

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Laura Savory, head of community events at Great Ormond Street Hospital, thanked the fundraising golfers.

She said: 'We're so grateful to Stanley's family and everyone who played for their generosity and support. The money raised from Stanley's Golf Day will help to make a difference to seriously ill children across the UK.'

But while huge sums have already been raised, Mr McLean does not see the landmark figure as mission accomplished.

He said: 'In the past five years, we've run bake sales, climbed mountains, walked and walked, organised golf days and campaigned non-stop to raise funds. This is a major achievement, but we plan to keep on working.'