A GOLFER who lost his eye in a freak accident is preparing for a new start after family and friends raised funds for a prosthetic replacement.
Glyn Teare, 24, was teeing off during a game with friends when he was hit after the ball rebounded back at him.
Doctors at Sunderland Eye Infirmary tried to save his eye, but days later gave him the devastating news it would have to be removed.
Now, family, friends, and colleagues of the HGV technician, who works for TNT in Rainton Bridge, have rallied round to help.
Along with Seaham charity Five Helping Hands, they raised cash for a new prosthetic eye, created especially for Glyn at a private clinic.
It has been made at a cost of £1,600 and matches his right eye, boosting his confidence and returning his looks following the incident in March, which he says “changed my life 100 per cent”.
His friend Steven Halliday, 32, led the campaign, with Glyn joining him on a 152 mile C2C bike ride as he launched his own appeal in aid of the hospital, with plans to run the Great North Run to add to the £200 he has collected.
Glyn, of Seaham, is also set for an exciting 2012, as he and partner Kelly Smith, 31, are expecting a baby in April and have just moved house.
Glyn, who has also been supported by mum Joyce, 54, Ray, 57, and brother Lee, 28, said: “Life’s not easy living with one eye, it’s amazing how much it has changed my life and ruined living a great life, but without the support it would be twice as hard.
“You sure know who your friends are when something like this happens.
“The support I’ve received has been, to say the least, unbelievable.
“I would like to thank every single person who has been involved.
“I never take anything for granted and I appreciate everything everyone has done for me.”
Although the former Seaham School student returned to golf in the months after the accident – which happened at the town’s club during a game with Steven, Grant Dixon and Jon Robinson – he has since decided he will never play again.
He added: “I played a few times, but that was just trying to get back on the horse, but it was no good, I was too paranoid.
“It’s a social game and used to have a good time with the lads.
“I thought I could do it, but unfortunately I can’t.”