MEMBERS at Catterick Golf Club have raised a substantial amount for the Help for Heroes Fund by playing 100 holes of golf – all in one day!
Balls were hit a distance of over 20 miles and the players walked at least the distance of the running marathon.
Most of the golfers managed the task within 11 hours, resulting in the players having to nurse their feet and legs for the following couple of days. Drinks and snacks were provided by a local Tesco Store.
Three of the players raised money through sponsorship for the ‘Help for Heroes’ charity and a total of £807.50 was handed over to the local co- ordinator David Morgan.
Help for Heroes was the idea of Appeal Chairman Bryn Parry and a group of friends and relations, many of who have connections with serving servicemen and women. Bryn and his wife Emma wanted to do something to help the wounded and came up with the idea of a sponsored bike ride. They mentioned it to some friends who mentioned it to some more friends and suddenly Help for Heroes was born and growing fast. A flurry of visits to various offices led to the campaign being blessed by the head of the army, chief of the general staff, General Sir Richard Dannatt.
Help for Heroes provides wonderful assistance for soldiers and other servicemen and women both directly and through its support of other service charities.
The charity understands that the reason people give money to Help for Heroes is to make a real difference to the lives of wounded men and women.
Most of the donations come in from ordinary decent people who might never have responded to a service charity before, much of it raised by those people actually doing something. Gary Lent, vice-captain of Catterick Golf Club, who took part in the event, handed over the cheque. He said: “It’s a great personal challenge, for a charity which has a local significance. I hope to run the same event next year and raise more funds.”