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Swing for Samuel to help family get to £25k target

Samuel Wright.
Samuel Wright.

A Morpeth family’s fund-raising drive will get another boost through an event that will take place next week.

Despite making huge progress since birth, three-year-old Samuel Wright relies on being tube fed and cannot talk.

His parents, Jonathan and Anna, are aiming to raise £25,000 so he can spend time at a specialist facility in Duke University, North Carolina, and the Neurological and Physical Abilitation Center in Los Angeles.

Both provide therapies and techniques that are not available in the UK and it is hoped that they will enable him to start walking.

They are close to halfway to their target – the total at the moment is more than £11,600.

The Swing For Samuel Charity Golf Day is being held at Parklands Golf Club, located near Gosforth, on Friday, October 19.

Jonathan said: “I work in Newcastle and a charity golf day was organised by the company for one of our former colleagues. It raised money for the Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust.

“Following this event, one of the main people putting it together, Danny Roy, suggested that another golf day be organised in aid of Save For Samuel.

“One of our clients, Terry Mann, used to be captain at Parklands Golf Club and he has booked the course and arranged refreshments.

“Quite a few teams have signed up for the fourballs format, but there are still places available.

“Even if you don’t have four people, we can put you together with others.

“The response so far has been great and it’s fantastic that people I haven’t seen for a while have agreed to play.

“Sponsorship opportunities are available for each hole, nearest the pin and longest drive and as well as individuals and businesses, Goosehill Private Nursery and Morpeth Poetry Group are providing sponsorship. Some are still available.

“Samuel gets recognised by people who have read about him in the paper or online, or who have seen him on local TV news reports, and as well as saying hello to him, they ask us how things are going.

“We feel very welcomed by people in Morpeth and he has inspired people who spend time with him to do things they would never have considered before.”

Samuel’s one-to-one carer Corrin Douglas and Laura Bower-Thompson – her colleague at Goosehill Private Nursery, where Samuel attends – recently ran the Great North Run for Save for Samuel and raised £800.

Rhona Whitehead and Rebecca Mitchell from the same nursery brought in £3,000 through a sponsored bungee jump and Anna has been taking part in long distance runs to encourage donations.

She completed her first marathon, the event in Edinburgh, in May and raised just short of £1,000 in the process.

For more details about the golf day, which starts at 11am, send a message via www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/just4children/saveforsamuel or the Stories of Superstar Samuel Facebook page.