Gala day to raise funds for brave little Eva

Little Eva
Little Eva

A charity golf gala has been organised in Banbridge to help send a little girl to Florida for intrusive and intensive treatment.

Hearing that his close friends’ two-year-old granddaughter had brain cancer prompted local man Derick Napier to organise a Golf Gala Day at Banbridge Golf Club on September 20.

Retired school principal Derick was very moved by the tragic news that little Eva Pierce was diagnosed with this life-threatening disease.

The two-year-old is the grandchild of his close friends George and Joan Stevenson who live close to him on Lurgan’s Dromore Road.

The Stevenson and Napier families have been friends for generations explained Derick, a former Captain at Banbridge Golf Club.

Derick said: “She was diagnosed in March, just before her second birthday with a grade 3 Anaplastic Ependymoma (brain cancer). Currently she is awaiting a reply from referral for Proton Therapy in the USA.”

The format of the competition will be a four-ball team classic with a team of four costing £100 including a meal.

A special raffle will also be held with superb prizes including a helicopter tour of Strangford Lough with a stopover for dinner for two at Harrisons of Greyabbey. Other prizes include an autographed Ulster Rugby authentic playing jersey and a montage of photos of the Celtic team of 1967 who where the first British team to win the European Cup.

“The fundraiser started out really small and it has grown.

“I’m delighted with all the support we have received and I’d also like to thank the people of Dundonald who have shown their support.”

There are still team slots available and if you would like to join in or donate, contact Derick on 07889 923340.