Dad’s golf gift to hospital who cared for his daughter

Lauren Tuthill, 13, with her parents Jan and Stuart.'Stuart raised �1,500 for the Diabetes Service at the Niall Quinn Children's Centre, Sunderland Royal Hospital, after his year as captain of Seaham Golf Club.

Lauren Tuthill, 13, with her parents Jan and Stuart.'Stuart raised �1,500 for the Diabetes Service at the Niall Quinn Children's Centre, Sunderland Royal Hospital, after his year as captain of Seaham Golf Club.

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DOTING dad Stuart Tuthill is giving something back to the hospital unit that has cared for his daughter since she was a tot.

Stuart and his wife Jan’s daughter Lauren suffers from diabetes.

Lauren Tuthill, 13, with her parents Jan and Stuart.'Stuart raised �1,500 for the Diabetes Service at the Niall Quinn Children's Centre, Sunderland Royal Hospital, after his year as captain of Seaham Golf Club.'They are pictured with Sisters Christine Hagland and Julie Evans, Directorate Manager Joanna Clark, and Consultant Paediatricians Dr Neil Hopper and Dr Geoff Lawson.

Lauren Tuthill, 13, with her parents Jan and Stuart.'Stuart raised �1,500 for the Diabetes Service at the Niall Quinn Children's Centre, Sunderland Royal Hospital, after his year as captain of Seaham Golf Club.'They are pictured with Sisters Christine Hagland and Julie Evans, Directorate Manager Joanna Clark, and Consultant Paediatricians Dr Neil Hopper and Dr Geoff Lawson.

Lauren, who goes to Thornhill School, in Sunderland, has had the Type 1 strain of the illness since being an infant.

Fortunately, her symptoms were recognised early, meaning she did not become seriously ill. Lauren, who is now 13, has had years of treatment at the Niall Quinn Children’s Centre, at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

Now the family, which includes Lauren’s mum Jan, 44, have passed on a cheque for £1,500 to the unit as it continues to care for scores of poorly youngsters.

The cash was raised during Stuart’s year as captain of Seaham Golf Club through various fund-raising initiatives. “It’s great to be able to hand over money to the place that has cared for Lauren since she diagnosed at 18 months old,” said Stuart, 45, of Millfield.

“Managing Type 1 diabetes in someone so young was very difficult. However, with Dr Geoff Lawson and his teams care and support we have been able to manage Lauren’s condition over the last 11 years.”