WESTERHOPE Golf Club is inviting golfers in the region to a very special charity day being held at the Tyneside club next month. A special Golf Day will be held on Friday, August 13 for little Tilly Lockey, who was born in 2006 to parents Sarah and Adam and caught Meningococcal Septicaemia, which is a deadly form of meningitis.
In just minutes, she was covered from head to toe in small, reddish bruise-like marks. Tilly was rushed to hospital, but the marks were getting larger and her parents were told to prepare for the worst.
A transfer to Newcastle General Hospital was vital as Tilly was critically ill. A blood transfusion took place during the journey. Thankfully, after days of uncertainty, Sarah and Alan were told that she would survive.
However, Tilly’s hands and feet began to turn black and after a month in hospital, everyone realised that Tilly was going to be OK but her hands and toes were already dead and had to be amputated.
Tilly’s dream is to get a new pair of hands and one of Sarah’s dreams is to be able to hold her hand again. A new pair of hands costs £23,464 and Tilly needs a new pair every six to eight months.
Guy Hilton, of Hilton NewcastleGateshead, who is supporting the charity appeal this year, said: “We have arranged a Golf Day in aid of Tilly at Westerhope Golf Club. This particular date should guarantee the course to be in excellent condition for the event. In attendance on the day will be teams representing the Newcastle United Heroes along with many of their old friends, helping to add to a very pleasurable day.
“This is our first year supporting Tilly and we are hoping to raise a considerable amount of money for her. We hope that this Golf Day will go some way to raising part of the £23,000 she needs for a pair of her special hands.”
The cost of entry for a team of four is £240. Anyone wanting to enter a team or for further information on this very special day, please contact Gordon Chapman (Westerhope past captain) on 07970 157857 or David Haggarth on 07768 387151.