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Young golfing prodigy George Hughes is continuing his immense effort to raise money in aid of the Freeman Heart & Lung Transplant Association (opens in new tab) (FHLTA).
It’s a cause that is extremely close to George having lost his dad, David, when he was just 18-months-old due to complications that arose from a heart transplant. He took up golf as a distraction at the time but has shown no shortage of potential and is now on a mission to use his talent to help others.
It isn’t the first time he’s taken part in a golf charity day to raise money and awareness for the FHLTA. In October last year, he succeeded in hitting 300 balls in two hours at the Trafford Centre. To date, George and his mum Louise have raised more than £50,000 for the charity.
The next event is taking place this Friday, August 26, at Wigan Golf Club, as George pushes towards his £100,000 target. Over 180 players have already signed up and for those who wish to donate, a JustGiving page (opens in new tab) has been set up by George’s grandfather, as well as a fundraising video below.
Gary Favell, CEO of American Golf, one of the main sponsors of the charity golf day, paid tribute to George ahead of the event.
“We first met George in March when he officially opened our Adventure Golf course in Rossendale,” Gary said. “We were inspired by George’s positivity and determination to raise money for the Freeman Heart & Lung Transplant Association through his love of golf.
“He’s an amazing young chap and we are honoured to support George’s Charity Golf Day in memory of his dad and help him towards his £100,000 fundraising target.”
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 and his family in any way you can. Thank you!
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 goal.com, dailyrecord.co.uk, and theopen.com.
What's in Andy's bag?
Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero (9°)
3-wood: TaylorMade M1 (15°)
Driving iron: Titleist U500 (17°)
Irons: Callaway Apex Pro '19 (4-PW)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50°, 54° and 58°)
Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
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