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Dad’s epic golf challenge in baby’s memory

GOOD CAUSE: Andrew Clarke after completing his extreme golfing challenge for the charity Sands. He is pictured with daughters Grace and Taylor, both aged six.

GOOD CAUSE: Andrew Clarke after completing his extreme golfing challenge for the charity Sands. He is pictured with daughters Grace and Taylor, both aged six.

A dad took on a five-day golf challenge to raise money for charity in memory of his daughter, who was stillborn.

Andrew Clarke, 31,originally from Ilkeston and now a professional golfer, played 100 holes a day over five days.

He took on the challenge to raise funds for stillbirth and neonatal death charity Sands, which helps parents of stillborn babies.

He and his partner Tilly were left devastated last year when their daughter Darcie was stillborn.

He said: “After a routine scan, we were given the shocking news that there was no heartbeat and that our little baby had died.

“We had to give birth to her two days later and we named her Darcie. Then came the trauma of arranging her funeral.

“We were given great support by many different sources but felt that the Sands charity was exceptionally delicate with us and helped us through a horrific time.

“We really wanted to raise awareness for and raise money for such a worthy cause.”

Andrew, who has two daughters, completed the tough challenge over five days, at Trent Lock, Long Eaton, Pewit golf course in Ilkeston and Breadsall.

 

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