Young golfer gets in the swing for CLIC

OLIVER Smith may well be just thirteen years old but he is already an old hat at fundraising.His latest venture – his third charity golfathon - for the EADT CLIC into Action appeal, saw him out on the Ufford Park course at 7am to begin a staggering 72 holes.

OLIVER Smith may well be just thirteen years old but he is already an old hat at fundraising.

His latest venture – his third charity golfathon - for the EADT CLIC into Action appeal, saw him out on the Ufford Park course at 7am to begin a staggering 72 holes.

He reached the final hole after nine gruelling hours and four rounds on the greens, having raised nearly £300.

Oliver, a pupil at Woodbridge School, who plays golf for the Suffolk Under 12s, said: "The first three rounds were alright but I was very tired by the end. I didn't get any holes in one but I did get a few birdies."

Five caddies took it in turns to help Oliver round the course. First up was family friend Stuart Thomas. Colin Aldous, chairman of Ufford Park Golf & Leisure, stepped in for round two, followed by two of Oliver's school friends, Paul Jenkins, 13 and Neil Alderton, 12, for round three.

Oliver's grandparents Brian and Linda Cook caddied him to the finish in round four.

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Last year, Oliver raised more than £100 for the National Autistic Society in a similar golfathon and in 2001, he raised nearly £300 for the St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich.

Although his number one ambition is to become a professional golfer, Oliver said, he would always continue to do some charity work.

Speaking of his decision to raise money for CLIC into Action, he added: "I had heard about it through the East Anglian Daily Times and thought that no one should have to experience cancer, especially children."

CLIC into Action is aiming to raise £50,000 to continue funding a children's cancer and leukaemia nurse and a play specialist in East Anglia.

Donations to CLIC into Action can be made by credit of debit card to the campaign donation line on (0800) 1383810.

You can also pay by cheque, payable to CLIC into Action and sent direct to CLIC, 8 Wren Close, Thurston, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP313TQ or to any of the East Anglian Daily Times Offices.

Cheques can also be paid direct into any branch of Lloyds TSB, quoting CLIC into Action, sort code 30-00-01, account number 02693685.

Donations can also be made via the CLIC website at www.clic.uk.com/donfr.htm quoting ref. CIA.

We are also asking for disused ink and printer cartridges to be deposited for CLIC into Action using special boxes located in EADT offices.

The CLIC registered charity number is 802396.

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