Golf fundraiser in memory of baby boy

Darby Allen and co-organiser Dominic Valente
Darby Allen and co-organiser Dominic Valente
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THOUSANDS of pounds was raised at a charity golf tournament in memory of a baby boy.

The parents of Leo Allen, Kellie and Darby, have been holding an annual golf fundraiser for the past seven years since the death of their son in 2006 aged just 17 weeks.

This year’s event – held at the Meon Valley Marriott Hotel in Shedfield – raised £2,722.

The money will be donated to the Make A Wish Foundation and local charity Sam’s Haven, which provides caravan holidays for sick children and their families.

Darby, from Purbrook, has been organising the fundraiser along with Dominic Valente, from Portchester, and has seen the number of participants grow from 24 in the first year to 76, the maximum capacity, this time around.

The golf day offered prizes for entrants at almost every hole.

The Royal Navy warrant officer said: ‘The Leo memorial is a very special day for my family and all who attend.

‘The support we receive during planning is amazing. Meon Valley does an amazing deal for a full day, and so many people go above and beyond.

‘It would not be possible without all the generous support and sponsorship from many companies and individuals including main sponsors Pussers Rum, Hendy Ford, Dulux and Guy Salmon Land Rover.

‘It feels great to be able to have a fantastic day of remembrance, while being able to give something back to this perfect charity after what they have done for us and many other children.’

The Make A Wish Foundation recently sent the Allen family to Disneyland Paris.

The trip was for their youngest son Jude who suffers from severe intestinal failure and is awaiting a four-organ transplant.

Leo was born in October 2006 with brain damage and lost his fight for life 17 weeks later.