Ant, Dec, Shearer and Westwood among stars on show at charity golf day

3:46pm Monday 8th July 2013

By Paul Fraser

STARS of sport and screen turned out in force at Close House today (MOnday, July 8) when Ant and Dec shared the tee with Alan Shearer and Lee Westwood.

The impressive fourball at the beautifully designed Lee Westwood Colt course was the headline attraction in a field of well known names.

TV presenters Ben Shephard, Clare Balding and Johnny Wilkes competed against the likes of Strictly Come Dancing's Anton Du Beke, snooker player Willie Thorne and lead singer of Keane, Tom Chaplin.

It was the third year of the Lee Westwood Have a Heart CHUF golf day, with Close House owner Graham Wylie keen to raise as much money for the charity so close to his own heart.

The multi-millionaire, and co-founder of Sage, is a key mover in raising money for the Children's Heart Unit at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital, which saved his daughter, Kiera, when she was born with a complex heart condition in December 2009.

Top European golfer Westwood, in the final stages of preparation for next week's Open Championship at Muirfield, is proud to have his name associated with such a good cause.

“The North-East is quite rightly proud of the hospital. It's amazing there are not that many kids' hospitals in the country,” said Westwood.

“Graham's daughter had a few problems early on, so he got involved with CHUF and the Freeman Hospital.

“When you are in a lucky position, like me getting to play golf for a living, and Graham in business, it's nice to be able to put something back in to the local community.

“It was great playing with Alan Shearer and Ant and Dec. They think they can play golf but they can't. I just like to take the mick out of them as we go round.”

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