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Golf tournament in memory of Lanarkshire schoolgirl to cross £100,000 mark

A fundraising foundation launched in memory of a Lanarkshire schoolgirl is set to top the £100,000 mark at its annual golf tournament.

And one lucky player could walk away with a new Renault Clio if they land a hole-in-one on the day of the event at Wishaw.

Around 130 golfers will take part in the annual Funky Natz Foundation golf tournament which raises funds for Epilepsy Scotland in memory of Natalie Hughes, 11, who died suddenly in March 2011.

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The foundation was set up by his mother and father Eileen and Eddie following the unexplained death of young East Kilbride.

Natalie’s uncle, Iain Cairns from Wishaw, is on the committee and helps organize the golf tournament every year, although this year is the first in a few years due to COVID.

“We canceled it about a week before the lockdown [2020] because we realized what was coming and we were like ‘we’ll do it next year,'” Iain told us.

“But it was the same, so this will be our 10th event in 12 years.”

Iain works in the motor trade for Toyota and thanks to his contacts, one of the golfers of the day has the opportunity to win a brand new Clio, provided by Park’s Motor Group, main sponsor of the event.

The foundation was established in memory of Natalie Hughes

The price of a car has been offered for several years now but, so far, no one has come up with it.

Iain said: “We have offered a car for a hole-in-one in the last five events. Someone was very close about five years ago, walked in and ran for the hole but ended up about a foot and a half away.

“We also have a golf break in Portugal for two up for grabs.

“This year we will break the £100,000 mark and probably reach around £110,000, but we won’t know until the day we also have a raffle.

The Funky Natz Foundation Committee at Wishaw Golf Club

“We have prizes such as four hospitality tickets to see Man United, hospitality at Celtic, lots of golf prizes and a £150 voucher for Miller and Carter, and things like that.

“Participants will receive their morning rolls, 18 holes of gold and a carvery in the afternoon when they exit the course.”

Natalie’s twin sister, Emma, ​​will be among those helping out with the event.

“Families who lose a child often wonder what they would have looked like growing up, but Natalie and Emma were the same,” Iain added. “Emma comes every year and helps out on the day.

The committee would like to thank Cooper Brothers at Newmains, KPP Accountants, Natgem, Halls Coaches, Watson Towers and a host of other companies and individuals who helped make the day such a great success.

Players will compete for the Funky Natz Foundation Charity Trophy on Sunday, May 29 at Wishaw Golf Club.

More information about the foundation is available on its Facebook page.

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