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Charity tournament in memory of golfer

Pictured is winner of the Lee Conteh Shield Chrissy Bilton and Joseph Woods who represented his brother Kevin Woods, Chrissy's partner in the tournament.

Pictured is winner of the Lee Conteh Shield Chrissy Bilton and Joseph Woods who represented his brother Kevin Woods, Chrissy's partner in the tournament.

CHARITY golfers got into the swing of things in memory of a much-missed husband who died after battling illness.

The second Lee Conteh Shield tournament, took place at Hetton-le-Hill Golf Club, in Easington Lane.

Named after Lee Conteh, who died of a brain tumour in August 2012, nearly 50 players took part.

At last year’s event, Lee’s uncle, former world champion boxer John Conteh, joined in the fun in memory of the 46-year-old – a keen golfer who played on the club.

Chrissy Bilton and Lee’s brother-in-law Kevin Woods won the tournament, organised by Lee’s friend Gary Burlinson.

A total of £850 was raised towards St Cuthbert’s Hospice in Durham, where Lee died.

His widow Berna, 47, of Easington Lane, said: “It’s great that we’ve been able to raise so much money. Even a couple of lads who had to drop out donated £50 to the hospice which I’m delighted about.

“Plenty of money has been put in the boxes with Lee’s name on as well. The tournament is scheduled to take place around the time of Lee’s birthday, something which Berna says helps her to come to terms with her loss.

“For me, it takes a lot of the misery away when I know people are going out to celebrate my husband’s life,” she added. “And it’s great to be able to help St Cuthbert’s Hospice as well.

“Lee was in there for a week before he died and they couldn’t do enough for the whole family.”

 

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