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PHOTOS: Frankie Beasley Golf Day

Overwhelmed is how the parents of Frankie Beasley describe feeling after a charity golf day and race night held in memory of their son raised more than £7,000 – matching last year’s total.

Alex and Lucy Beasley thanked all those who supported the events held at Driffield Golf Club on Good Friday in aid of a Leeds-based hospital charity.

Frankie sadly passed away at the age of just four weeks after he was born prematurely in August 2021.

During those four weeks, Frankie, Alex and Lucy received outstanding care and support from the staff at Leeds General Infirmary’ Neonatal Unit.

Since 2021, Alex, Lucy and a whole host of their family and friends have helped to raise almost £30,000 for the Leeds Hospitals Charity.

Alex told the Wolds Weekly that it had been a really good day.

He said: “We have raised just over £7,000, which matched last year’s total, and I didn’t think we’d be able to reach that again.

“We had 31 teams and a total of 124 golfers during the day and around 150 attended the race night on the evening.

“We have had incredible support from local businesses and people who have been willing to donate prizes and money.

“All of the holes were sponsored and we had sponsors for the races and every horse had an owner and we had a raffle during the golf day and another on the night, with some fantastic prizes and we are quite overwhelmed by the number of people who came forward to support us.”

The money raised through the golf day and race night will go towards the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Leeds General Infirmary to help provide additional training and resources for the unit, including a respite room for parents.

Lucy said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us. It is difficult to put into words how overwhelmed we have felt by the support we have received and it has been ongoing.

“People have been very generous, not just with prizes and money, but by giving up their time and offering to help out and do things and even asking how we are doing. It really has meant a lot and it was nice on Friday night because people were talking about Frankie and it was nice to have his name mentioned.”

Despite the stress and effort that goes into organising the golf day and race night and saying he would never do it again after last year, Alex said he is sure the fundraiser will become an annual event.

“This was the second year we have done it and I said I would never do it again and it has been quite stressful, but I think it will become an annual thing, although it won’t be on Good Friday next year because my sister gets married the day after, but we will organise it for another Friday later in the year.”

Now the golf day and race night are over, Alex will be focusing on his training as he and friends Ian Marshall and Jamie Hopper are taking part in the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon in May.

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