Belfast Telegraph

Friday 28 November 2014

Ant and Dec hail UK sports success

Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly are set to become patrons for the Children's Heart Unit Fund
Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly are set to become patrons for the Children's Heart Unit Fund

Ant and Dec have said Britain's got talent in the sporting arena this summer.

The Geordie presenters were playing golf alongside their sporting heroes, Lee Westwood and Alan Shearer, in aid of the Children's Heart Unit Fund (Chuf) at Close House, Northumberland, this week.

And it has since been announced that the TV duo are to become patrons of the charity, which is aiming to help fund a home for parents whose children are undergoing life-saving treatment at the world-class facility at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital.

During a break in their round, Ant spoke of his delight at Andy Murray's Wimbledon triumph.

"I think this could be a good summer of sport this, with the Lions doing well and Andy Murray doing well, and we win the Ashes, fingers crossed."

Ant and Dec were pleased to be asked to become patrons.

Ant said: "It's a great cause. We have been down to the unit and seen the great work that they do. We have spoken to families and we know how important it is. We are proud to be patrons of it."

The golf event, which included a charity dinner, raised £200,000.

Fellow competitor Anton Du Beke caused a rumpus when he threw a golf ball at the duo during a TV interview and shouted "Fore".

The Britain's Got Talent hosts laughed off the prank, and Dec quipped as he was joined on camera by the Strictly dancer: "It's Ant and Dec and Anton Du Beke."

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