Five-Year-Old Prodigy Raising Money And Awareness For Organ Donation

George is taking on the challenge to raise money and awareness for organ donation

Five-Year-Old Prodigy Raising Money And Awareness For Organ Donation

George Hughes is taking on the challenge to raise money for The Freeman Heart & Lung Transplant Association

On Thursday, October 14, five-year-old George Hughes will attempt to hit 300 balls in two hours at Trafford Golf Centre as part of a charity golf challenge.

In memory of his dad, David, who sadly died when he was just 18-months-old, George is raising money for The Freeman Heart & Lung Transplant Association (FHLTA).

And in conjunction with George’s effort, Trafford Golf Centre will also be donating money for every ball hit on the range during the day. 

George started playing golf while his dad was in hospital awaiting a heart transplant. After picking up a set of plastic clubs, the young prodigy took to the back garden of his grandparents’ house where he has since honed his skills.

What was initially a welcome distraction from all the sadness in his life has quickly become an obsession for George, who has already shown great promise and, most importantly, developed a love for the sport that is growing all the time. 

At the age of three, he was featured in major newspapers and appeared live on BBC’s The One Show, showcasing what he could do with a club in hand. 

Now, he wants to raise awareness for a cause that is close to his heart. 

Despite receiving the transplant he needed back in March 2018, due to complications, George’s dad sadly passed away a few weeks later. 

The Freeman Heart & Lung Transplant Association (FHLTA) helped to support and care for both David and George’s mum, Louise, who was by his side every step of the way.

The FHLTA cares for patients and families from all over the UK who are in need of a transplant, by offering support with accommodation as well as easing any financial worries.

Please show your support for George in any way you can as he prepares to take on this challenge in aid of a great cause.

For those who do wish to donate, a JustGiving page has been set up by George's grandfather.

Andrew Wright
Staff Writer

A lifelong golf fan, Andy graduated in 2019 with a degree in Sports Journalism and got his first role in the industry as the Instruction Editor for National Club Golfer. From there, he went on to enjoy a spell freelancing for Stats Perform producing football reports, and then for RacingNews365 covering Formula 1. However, he couldn't turn down the opportunity to get back into the sport he grew up watching and playing and now covers a mixture of equipment, instruction and news for Golf Monthly's website and print title.

Andy took up the game at the age of seven and even harboured ambitions of a career in the professional ranks for a spell. That didn’t pan out, but he still enjoys his weekend golf at Royal Troon and holds a scratch handicap. As a side note, he's made five holes-in-one and could quite possibly be Retief Goosen’s biggest fan.

As well as the above, some of Andy's work has featured on websites such as,, and

What's in Andy's bag?

Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero (9°)

3-wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus (15°)

Driving iron: Titleist U500 (17°)

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro '19 (4-PW)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50°, 54° and 58°)

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x