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Five-year-old golfing prodigy who lost his dad raises funds for transplant charity

A five-year-old golfing prodigy, who lost his father when he was only 18 months old is raising money for the Freeman Heart & Lung Transplant Association.

The charity means a great deal to the family of mini golfer George Hughes, whose dad David died in 2018 due to complications following a heart transplant.

Wigan-born George’s story won the hearts of many and the youngster appeared on BBC1’s The One Show in 2019, showing off his golfing skills at just 3 years of age, alongside Harry Connick Jnr!

George’s mum, fundraiser Louise Hughes is now training to be an organ transplant nurse. 

So, on Thursday, October 14, Trafford Golf Centre will be donating 1p for every ball hit at the range to raise money for the charity.

George started playing golf at just 18 months old with a set of plastic clubs in the back garden of his grandparents’ house. His dad was in hospital awaiting the heart transplant, with George’s mum, Louise at her husband’s side. Sadly, he passed away a few weeks later.

Being surrounded by so much grief at such a young age, George found golf to be a great distraction. He began to show exceptional skills and his granddad Tony Sedgwick – who recognised George’s talent – started taking him to play at Wigan Golf Club and the driving range.

It was there where George was recommended for lessons with Nick Holmes at Trafford Golf Centre.

The youngster’s skill set improved immensely under the guidance of Nick, who has been teaching him techniques to help him strike the ball better and more consistently whilst making everything fun, as well as creating challenges.

George’s granddad, Tony says: “Any child showing an interest in golf, should consider speaking with Trafford Golf and giving it a go, or their Dino Falls Adventure Golf, which is a fabulous and fun set-up for all levels of golfers. The venue and all the staff are so professional and take away the snobby image golf has, by merely opening the sport up to all people and abilities. 

George with golfing coach Nick Holmes

“We’re so pleased that the Trafford Golf Centre team is supporting the Freeman Heart & Lung Transplant Association, who help people from all over the UK and look forward to being part of their charity day, and to be around to discuss the importance of organ donation.”

Trafford Golf Centre’s Director of Golf, Pete Styles: “At Trafford Golf Centre our focus is offering great golfing experiences for all – whether that be an awesome introduction to golf on our two adventure golf courses or developing skills on our driving range. George is proof of how much fun the game of golf can be for all ages, his passion and talent for the game is clear to see and his face lights up when he’s playing golf. I’m delighted he’s enjoying his golf lessons with one of our Senior PGA Professionals, Nick Holmes. 

“Inspired by George and his family I’m proud that on Thursday, October 14, we will be hosting this charity day on behalf of the Freeman Heart & Lung Transplant Association. We will be donating 1p per ball and on a good day we will hit  around 60,000 balls, so we invite everybody to join us and George to have a go in aid of this brilliant cause.”

For more information on Trafford Golf Centre, please visit: www.traffordgolfcentre.co.uk

Diane Cooke
Diane Cooke is a three times award-winning journalist who has worked for UK national/regional newspapers, magazines and websites.

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