A MAN who lost an eye in a freak golf accident is tackling a new challenge – life as a dad.
Glyn Teare suffered the horrific injury to his left eye after a ball rebounded into it off the fifth tee at Seaham Golf Course.
Since then, friends, family and Seaham-based charity Five Helping Hands have rallied round to buy him a new prosthetic eye at a cost of £1,600, although a new one will need to be made for him every five years.
Now the HGV technician, who works for TNT in Rainton Bridge, is moving on with his fresh start, with he and partner Kelly Smith, 31, welcoming their daughter Amelia-Rose in to the world just weeks ago at Sunderland Royal, with the newborn weighing in at 7lb 12oz.
The 25-year-old, who lives with Kelly in Seaton, said: “It’s unbelievable becoming a dad, it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.
“Kelly was amazing in labour, I’m really proud of her.
“It’s 100 per cent changed my life having a baby.”
In addition to the money to cover the cost of his new eye, Glyn and his pals also launched their own campaign to raise funds for the hospital, which they hope to continue with the help of Echo readers.
Glyn, and brother Lee, 28, an engineer, are hoping to put themselves to the test by running the Great North Run, and are appealing for help after missing out on places.
The cash raised will also go to the hospital as Glyn continues to support the work it does to help others.
Anyone who can offer Glyn and Lee a place can contact the Echo on 581 0516.