Golf day raises cash for hospital

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A MUM and dad from Awsworth have hosted a charity golf day to raise money for two Nottingham hospitals, which helped to keep their son, who was born severely premature, alive.

Chloe Gentry and Michael Horton, have so far raised £3,720 for Nottingham City Hospitals’ neo-natal unit and the paediatric intensive care unit at Queen’s Medical Centre, after little Riley spent eight months there.

Riley, who was born at just 25 weeks, weighing just 1lb, is now three years old and a golf fanatic.

Chloe said: “It was an absolutely fantastic day.

“A big thank you to everyone involved.”

Riley’s great aunty Mandy Gentry added: “It was to pay the hospital back for the support they gave to Riley. He was in hospital for a long time and it was touch and go at times.

“The staff were so fantastic and the family just wants to give something back.”

A total of 76 golfers paid £40 to play on Friday at Wollaton Golf Club and all the family – including Mandy, also from Awsworth, chipped in with fundraising events including a raffle of memorabilia signed by top golfer – and Riley’s hero – Lee Westwood.

Other raffle and auction prizes came from business around Ilkeston, who donated several gifts including vouchers, and First buses in Devon and Cornwall – where Chloe’s mum works in Plymouth.