Stars shine for children's charity

The Northern Echo: ON THE BALL: Geordie duo Ant and Dec take part in the CHUF charity golf day event at the Close House golf course. Pictured DAVID WOOD (6331784) ON THE BALL: Geordie duo Ant and Dec take part in the CHUF charity golf day event at the Close House golf course. Pictured DAVID WOOD (6331784)

GEORDIE duo Ant and Dec turned up for a North-East celebrity golf fundraiser this morning - despite feeling a little worse for wear.

For hours earlier the pair had attended the glitzy Bafta awards ceremony in London where they picked up the best entertainment programme for their Saturday Night Takeaway.

However, despite the celebrations, they still managed to join other familiar faces from the world of sport and showbusiness to support businessman Graham Wylie's event to raise money for the Children's Heart Unit in Newcastle.

“We're patrons of the heart unit so we're here to support the charity, have a bit of fun and raise a bit of money," said Dec.

"They do fantastic work there, we've been down a few times to see the kids and the families, and we're really proud here in the North-East of the amazing work they do.”

The pair joined former England and Newcastle United skipper Alan Shearer and golfer Lee Westwood on the course at Close House Hotel, Heddon-on-the-Wall, Northumberland, today. (May 19)

Jeremy Kyle, Clare Balding, Anton Du Beke, Robbie Savage, Brian Lara and Sunderland manager Gus Poyet were among more than 50 stars taking part in the event in aid of the heart unit at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital.

There was also a number of Newcastle United old boys including Peter Beardsley, Shay Given, Les Ferdinand and John Beresford.

The golf is followed this evening (May 19) by dinner for 400 people and a charity auction at the Marriott Hotel, Gosforth.

Lots include a week at the Augusta Masters in the USA staying in luxury accommodation, owning half a race horse for six months and two tickets on Eddie Irvine’s private yacht in Monaco for the 2015 Grand Prix.

Mr Wylie, whose daughter, Kiera, four, was saved by surgeons at the unit hopes the day will raise £200,000 and go towards building accommodation for the parents of children being treated there.

It is part on an ongoing campaign to raise almost £2m for the unit.

My Wylie said: “This is my main fundraising event of the year. My daughter was patient there and has had open heart surgery three times already. She is fine now, but has still got one more operation to go. Because of that this is a very personal cause to me.”

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