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Tim Healy says he's 'feeling great' and back in north east to raise money for old friend


Actor Tim Healy says he's 'feeling great' after overcoming serious illness last year. The Benidorm star was taken to hospital in Spain while filming the show and remained in intensive care for a month.

He's now back in the north east raising money for friend and fellow actor Dave Whitacker who needs 24 hour care after suffering a stroke.

The inaugural Tim Healy Celebrity Classic, sponsored by PinPoint Health & Social Care will be held at the MacDonald Linden Hall Golf & Country Club in Northumberland. All proceeds from the golf day will go towards helping Dave's family with care costs.

Actor Dave Whitaker now needs constant care after suffering a stroke in 2012.

For those who don't play golf, tickets are available separately for the gala Geordie dinner, entertainment, auction and raffle.

The star prize on offer during the Geordie night is a behind the scenes tour of the final rehearsals for next February’s Sunday for Sammy concert at the Newcastle Metro Radio Arena.

"I’ll personally take the winner back stage and introduce them to the cast and they can watch the show taking shape. The show is almost sold out and this is a once only chance to find out about the show before anyone else. I’m sure that the Geordie spirit of generosity will be evident on the night and lots of money is raised for Dave’s care,” said Tim.

“Dave is a very good friend of mine, we started working with the Live Theatre Company in 1973 and we’ve been pals ever since. I was devastated when I found out he’d had a stroke and needs 24-hour care. 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."

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