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Charity begins at home for Graham

PGA North professionals are a charitable bunch. Rarely a month goes by without one of them making a donation to a good cause. Now regional secretary Graham Maly and partner Carrie have added their names to the list and in their case, as in others, the fundraising is much closer to home. In October 2013 they were stunned when they were told their son Benjamin had been born with a heart condition, worryingly diagnosed as Tetralogy of Fallot. He was admitted to Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool and underwent five hours of open heart surgery to correct his condition.

Everything went well but the next day he went into cardiac arrest and he had to have two more emergency operations. Then, soon after his discharge last January, it was then discovered that he still had another hole in his heart and again endured more surgery. Thankfully, Benjamin is today a healthy and lively boy.

But the story does not end there for as a way of thanking the hospital his parents established the Benjamin Maly Cardiac Fund. And it received a fantastic boost when a staggering £22,000 was raised at a golf day at Marriott Worsley Park which attracted 26 teams of four and included a Beat the Pro competition with 2003 PGA champion Scott Drummond.

And through other donations, the total has since risen to more than £37,000. Nearly 200 people attended a gala dinner and auction with Bolton comedian Paddy McGuinness there as special guest. Graham said: ÒIt had been an incredibly emotional year for us all and we are so grateful to all the doctors and surgeons who helped Ben. We have been completely overwhelmed with the support we have received for the fund.

For more information please visit benjaminmalycardiacfund.co.uk

Paddy McGuinness, left, with Graham Maly and partner Carrie Redfern, Benjamin, Lilly Maly and her best friend Kayleigh.