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Amy’s name will live on through charity pledges Watson

By David Birtill

JOHN Watson has raised more than £300,000 from his annual charity golf day at his club Styal in aid of Childflight.

But he has decided to call time on the event which marked the life and tragically early death at the age of 10 of his youngest daughter Amy from a brain tumour in 2012.

“We ran three with her and three without and we thought that was enough,” he said.

Watson received the Toby Sunderland award, which celebrates the charitable efforts of PGA professionals across Great Britain and Ireland, during the Open Championship at Muirfield two years ago.

And he and his wife Lydia and daughter Megan will continue to support Childflight, which takes sick and deserving children on holiday.

“We also run a cycling event which this year raised £6,000 and attracted 230 entries. It’s less personal and we won’t be in the limelight as much.

“I also need to get back into the normal routine of day-to-day working life as a professional but we’ll always keep Amy’s name alive.

“The support we have received for the golf day has been incredible. We’ve had about £50,000 worth of prizes donated, 60,000 shots have been hit and 12,000 meals served. And we’ve had a massive amount of help from all sources.”