‘Silly’ golfers buy children’s ward toys

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A golf society which imposed fines on its own members for “silly” transgressions raised enough cash to buy toys for a children’s hospital.

The Wootton Golf Society had to cough up each time they committed a sporting faux pas such as four-putting, missing the ball and turning up late.

Members decided to support Addenbrooke’s Hospital after committee member Rob Capener’s son, Ethan, was diagnosed with liver cancer at just 13 months old.

Rob, from Bedford, said: “Ethan was born 11 weeks early weighing just 1lb 1.5oz, and it was six months before he could come home from hospital. Then last February, he was diagnosed with liver cancer.”

Ethan received chemotherapy at the Paediatric Day Unit and Ward C2. When his tumours were small enough, he had a successful liver transplant at Birmingham Children’s Hospital in August.

Ron added: “Ethan has just celebrated his 2nd birthday and is doing really well.

“We hope he concentrates on continuing to be his cheeky, happy self this year and doesn’t give himself any further challenges.”

Ethan’s mother Diane Capener added: “We are thrilled the Society decided to support the children’s ward.

“After spending every other weekend there during treatment, we really got to understand how important all the toys and games were to distract the children while they undergo all their different treatments.

“We are truly grateful to be part of giving something back, it is very personal to us.”

The society raised £246 with their minor misdemeanour and with the help of the children’s play team, bought the toys from the ward’s Amazon wish list.

The society plans to raise even more money during the 2015 season. For more information on joining, go to www.woottongolfsociety.com