Lawro swings by to give charity lift

Big boost (from left): Vince Slater, Mark Lawrenson and Karen Entwistle
Big boost (from left): Vince Slater, Mark Lawrenson and Karen Entwistle
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A local children’s charity is getting fundraising off to a tee...and BBC football pundit Mark Lawrenson has a handsome cheque to prove it.

The former Liverpool and Preston North End defender dropped into Leyland Golf Club to receive the money on behalf of Baby Beat, which is based at the Sharoe Green Maternity Unit, Royal Preston Hospital.

Lawro is the vice patron of the charity and, having staged his own golf day and dinner at Leyland in September, returned to collect the charitable proceeds.

Vince Slater, chef at Leyland Golf Club and a great supporter of the charity, had organised the Mark Lawrenson golf day and was on hand to present the cheque to Mark, along with Baby Beat manager Karen Entwistle.

He was delighted to pass on the fantastic sum of £4,720.38.

Lawrenson said: “This is a tremendous sum of money. I know Vince put in a lot of hard work, great credit to him.

“We had a great day’s golf and a very successful evening.

“This money will be put to great use, it will ensure more babies are born safely, which is wonderful news.”

The Baby Beat Appeal was established in 1987 and aims to maintain and raise standards in preventative care for the unborn baby and mother. It works to fund new and innovative equipment designed to monitor the unborn baby from conception to birth ensuring safe delivery. Chief patron of the charity is Sir Tom Finney. 

And Entwistle said:  “We’d like to thank Vince Slater for his hard work and continued support of Baby Beat.

“This is a truly impressive donation, we are sincerely grateful to everyone who contributed to the successful Golf Day. Baby Beat are instrumental in ensuring the Sharoe Green Maternity Unit stays at the forefront of new and innovative technology designed to monitor the unborn baby from conception to birth. 

“With more than 4,600 births annually, each and every one precious, we strive for the very best ante-natal care and safe delivery. Fundraising events such as the Mark Lawrenson golf day are crucial to our work.”