Comedy duo Ant and Dec were among a host of celebrities at a charity golf day to raise funds for the Children’s Heart Unit at Freeman Hospital.
The pair teed off with Alan Shearer and professional Lee Westwood at the Lee Westwood Have a Heart CHUF golf day held at Close House, in Heddon on the Wall.
Now in its third year, the event is organised by the hotel’s owner Graham Wylie. The multi-millionaire, and co-founder of Sage, says he is forever indebted to the hospital which saved his three-year-old daughter, Kiera, when she was born with a complex heart condition.
Shearer joked that the tee was bigger than Britain’s Got Talent presenter Declan Donnelly, who laughed “Oh God, I’m really nervous.”
Harry Potter twins Oli and James Phelps were among the players and TV presenters Clare Balding and Johnny Wilkes competed against the likes of Strictly Come Dancing’s Anton Du Beke, snooker player Willie Thorne and lead singer of Keane, Tom Chaplin.
Tom said: “I’m obsessed with golf. I was a bit of a party animal and needed to find a more healthy obsession, so chose golf. The celebs had a bit of a private ding dong going on, it was great fun.”
TV presenter Ben Shephard, who is who is already a supporter of Freeman after the hospital saved the life of his good friend’s son Seb, said: “I can understand what Kiera’s parents have been through. This is a really good cause and it’s great to be part of it.”
Top European golfer Westwood, who is in the final stages of preparation for next week’s Open Championship at Muirfield, said he too was proud to have his name associated with such a good cause.
He said: “The North-East is quite rightly proud of the hospital. It’s amazing there are not that many kids’ hospitals in the country. It was great playing with Alan Shearer and Ant and Dec. They think they can play golf but they can’t. I just like to take the mick out of them as we go round.”