Tim takes centre stage

Tim Healy is taking to the golf course to help with care costs for a stricken friend who started his career with the North East actor back in the 1970s.

The inaugural Tim Healy Celebrity Classic, sponsored by PinPoint Health and Social Care, will take place at the MacDonald Linden Hall, Northumberland on September 7.

All proceeds will go towards helping the family of actor Dave Whitaker who now needs constant care after suffering a stroke in 2012.

“Dave is a very good friend of mine,” said Tim. “We started working with the Live Theatre Company in 1973 and we’ve been pals ever since.”

Tim is best known for playing Dennis Patterson in the television series Auf Wiedersehen Pet, Lesley in the ITV comedy-drama series Benidorm, and Gastric in Still Open All Hours.

“I was devastated when I found out Dave had had a stroke and needs 24-hour care,” added Tim. “It’s put a tremendous strain on his family having to find additional care costs and that’s why we want to raise as much money as possible.”

Snooker legend Willie Thorne, football’s Cyrille Regis, three-times world darts champion John Lowe, Game of Thrones actor Clive Russell, comedian Jason Cook, Adam Gillen – who plays Tim’s son in Benidorm, plus other cast members of Benidorm have already agreed to play. More names are to be confirmed.

Teams of four tee off at noon in a shotgun start, followed by a prize giving, gala dinner, live music and auction with celebrity guests. For those who do not wish to play golf, tickets are available separately for the gala dinner.

To book a team or a table at the dinner go to www.officialtimhealy.com/book-here, email info@connectvips.com or contact Karen, tel 0191 251 2222 and 07782 109 758.