This Thursday 14th October, Trafford Golf Centre will be donating 1p for every ball hit at the range to raise money for the Freeman Heart & Lung Transplant Association.

The charity is close to the heart of the family of five-year-old golf prodigy George Hughes who have all been raising awareness for organ donation and supporting Freeman Heart & Lung Transplant Association.

George started playing golf at just 18 months old with a set of plastic clubs in the back garden of his grandparents’ house, whilst his dad, David was in hospital awaiting a heart transplant, with George’s mum, Louise at her husband’s side. David received the heart transplant in March 2018 but tragically, due to complications, passed away a few weeks later.

Being surrounded by so much sadness at such a young age, George found golf to be a great distraction and something for him to focus on. 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 and now his love for the sport is growing all the time!

George’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 keeping George’s interest in the game by making everything fun, as well as creating challenges that he can relate to.

George’s granddad, Tony: “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. We’re so pleased that the team there are 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. Thursday 14th October also happens to be my birthday, and I’ve set up a Just Giving Page to support Trafford Golf Centre’s kind gesture because George wants to do a fundraising challenge on the day of trying to hit 300 balls over a 2 hour period, between 3pm-5pm.”

Trafford Golf Centre’s Director of Golf, Pete Styles: “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 14th October 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 whack in aid of this brilliant cause.”

On the back of Tony posting up the Just Giving link on social media platforms, Quooker have got on board to sponsor George’s golf challenge. Stephen Johnson the MD of Quooker: “We are so proud and honoured to be able to support this cause. George’s smile is worth a million dollars and we wish you only happiness and good health and lots of success with your fund raising and golf.”

George’s Just Giving Page for the Freeman Heart & Lung Transplant Association:


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