I, along with around three quarters of other spinal injured people, have not received a payout, and therefore have to rely heavily on fundraising and donations to help fund the equipment I need and to allow me to attend the rehab centres I go to. I have been extremely fortunate to be surrounded by so many proactive and generous people who are always fundraising for me in all sorts of ways.
Last Friday was one of these events, and was very kindly arranged by a friend of my dad’s; someone that I had never even met, but who wanted to help us out. He arranged a charity golf event at Burhill Golf Club in Surrey and the day was a great success.
Despite the cold and windy weather the golfers teed off at 9am having been provided with bacon butties. There were 21 teams each with 4 people in, and they all started on a different hole so that they would all finish at roughly the same time. I’m sure there is a golf-y technical term for this, but I’m not sure what it is.
I arrived at about 11am with my mum and we hopped in a golf cart (I surprised myself with how easily I got into the cart having eyed it up nervously!) and we set off around the course to see the teams in action. Unfortunately we didn’t make it very far before we were distracted by the champagne tent! This was situated near holes 9 and 14, so that the golfers had to pass it twice. And it was being run by some of the lovely golfing wives who were making sure everyone stopped off to have a glass or two.
After a while we managed to drag ourselves away and drove around the course, which is absolutely beautiful. Almost every player that I asked how they were doing replied with, ‘Don’t ask’… and I quickly learnt that the wind was not very favourable, and the champagne was having quite an affect on concentration levels!
After the golfing was finished there was a delicious three course lunch in the clubhouse along with the prize giving.
The whole day was a great success. Many of those who took part in the day had also attended a previous fundraiser for me so it was lovely to meet these people who have been so supportive over the last couple of years. I hope that through meeting me they could see just how appreciative I am, and how much their generosity means to me. I literally wouldn’t have come as far as I have today without all of their support and donations. The grand total of donations from Friday has reached over £5000, and there has been mention that it could perhaps become an annual event, which is a very exciting prospect. Hopefully next time it might not be quite so cold… I have most definitely learnt that golfers are very hardy and dedicated sports people!!