Golfers raise nearly £1,000 for guide dog charity

The first club team tees off with Guide Dog assistance from Catrin Rod and puppy Umber.

The first club team tees off with Guide Dog assistance from Catrin Rod and puppy Umber.

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Generous golfers at the Gaudet Luce Golf Club in Droitwich, managed to raise nearly £1,000 recently a special golfing day for the Guide Dog Service.

The charity is close to the club’s heart with English and Welsh blind golf association members being regular visitors to Gaudet Luce over the past 12 years for competitions and training weekends.

Catrin Rod, Guide Dogs community fundraiser for the area, said: “This was the first joint venture with the club and we are really grateful to them for working with us and pleased with the way it went. I would really like to thank Russell Adams the golf pro who runs insight golf at the club, we could not have put on this event without his tremendous support. We have had a lot of interest from people wanting to take part next year so we are in the process of setting the date, hopefully it may become an annual event. We raised almost £1,000 which for our first venture here is really great, next year we hope to raise even more. The Guide Dog Service receives no Government funding and relies on fundraising to give people who are blind or partially sighted the same freedom of movement as everyone else and it costs £5 a day to keep a guide dog partnership on the road so this money will go a long way towards this.”

Golf pro Russell Adams, added: “Insight golf is devoted to giving partially sighted and blind golfers the opportunity to play the game of golf. Our academy has coached in this field for many years and has been privileged to develop the coaching for the English Blind Golf Association. Our aim is to coach, support, and guide blind golfers on their journey through golf, and allow them to feel confident enough to move from the golf range to the course.”

Teams set off after a walk through a sensory tunnel in a blindfold, to remind them of what it must be like to walk with no eyesight, and their reasons for taking part.

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