Last Thursday (29 April), a golf day in West Sussex which raised £5,725 for disabled veterans was a great success.
The funds will help to provide specialist care and rehabilitation to physically disabled veterans at the charity’s 60-bed facility. Many of the current residents have an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) or a degenerative neurological condition, such as multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease and Parkinson’s.
The winning team with 91 points was from Brighton-based, Linc Property, they won a fine malt whisky and an engraved glass. Coming in second with 90 points was a team from Hove-based estate agent, Cox & Co.
To ensure compliance with Covid regulations, there was staggered start and alfresco dining. The weather stayed dry, and golfers enjoyed a hog roast after the competition, as well as taking part in a putting competition, raffle, and auction.
Golfers included: Andy Gilford, a visually impaired golfer from Worthing, West Sussex, who has been captain of the England and Wales Blind Golf Association and is ranked #4 in the B2 category; Toby Pawson, a Team GB Paralympian from Leatherhead, Surrey; Kerry Mayo, Ex-Brighton and Hove footballer; and Andy Jones from Fareham, Hampshire, an amputee, Royal Navy veteran and Disabled Golf Association golfer who has represented Wales.
Local businesses that supported the event, included, County Business Club, Fizz Creations, Gemini Print, CWJ Landscapes, 5 Rings Group, Start Communications, Proteus Waterproofing, MHA Carpenter Box and Ian Hart Funeral Services.
Christine Gillott, Senior Fundraiser at Care for Veterans, said:
“Due to restrictions, we have been meeting with local businesses online, so it was fantastic to finally meet them in person. We are so grateful to Wendy and the team at Ham Manor Golf Club for helping us to put on a successful Covid-compliant golfing event, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed. Thank you so much to everyone who supported.”
Since 1919, Care for Veterans has provided the highest possible standard of care and rehabilitation to disabled ex-Service personnel and their families. It provides services such as nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech and language therapy to help rehabilitate those who live there to live more independent lives. As an independent provider, the charity can fill the gaps often found between healthcare and social services.
The charity receives no regular Government funding and must raise £1.9 million each year to maintain its nursing and rehabilitation services for ex-Service personnel.