Putting for Heroes

A brand-new Putting Green has been installed at a military charity’s recovery centre thanks to a donation from the combined rugby world.

The Wasps Legends Charitable Foundation raised £44,000 for Help for Heroes which has gone towards the facility at Help for Heroes’ Catterick Recovery Centre, enabling wounded, injured and sick Service Personnel the opportunity to learn or refine their golfing skills as part of their recovery. The generous amount raised by the Foundation also gave Help for Heroes the opportunity to buy a modified golf buggy to assist at Headley Court.

The Foundation started supporting the Charity in 2016 when they helped Rugby’s Golf Club (RGC), a longstanding supporter of Help for Heroes, with a golfing event in Spain.

The Wasps Legends Charitable Foundation Board then created the Wasps Legends Rugby Golf Classic at the famous La Manga resort the same year. It featured some famous names from the world of rugby, including: Willie John Mcbride, Simon Shaw, Kenny Logan, Roger Uttley and Tom Shanklin.

Since the creation of the event, money has also been raised towards several other charitable projects, including the Serge Betsen Academy, School of Hard Knocks, Starlight Foundation and the Dallaglio Foundation Rugby Works.

Peter Scrivener, Trustee of Wasps Legends Charitable Foundation said: “We are so proud to support this project and all the people involved with the Help for Heroes family. I must thank all the Wasps Legends who are part of our wonderful charity, the teams that attend our golf event in La Manga and our corporate sponsors; The Alpha Group, Deepbridge Capital, Banks Kelly Solicitors, Equimedia, Skins UK, Artel Scaffolding, Gaucho, Your Golf Travel and Elmsite Services as without them none of this could happen. Our 2017 event donation of 12 rugby wheelchairs has also been fulfilled and this June we are supporting another exciting project with Help for Heroes which we will announce shortly.”

The Putting Green will officially open on Thursday, January 18, with wounded Veteran and Invictus Games 2017 UK team captain Bernie Broad set to cut the ribbon.

Bernie said that sport and activities outdoors were vital to a healthy life style.

He said: “I was introduced to Golf whilst going through my recovery and it was such an enabler for me. It gave me such a challenge and reason to get out of bed some mornings.

“The Putting Green in Catterick kindly funded by the Wasps Legends Charitable Foundation will enable individuals to get outside and do something out of the ordinary, clear their minds and just breath in the fresh air. Good putting is also key to good golf and a low handicap!”

Help for Heroes Head of Partnerships, Mandy Lloyd, said the donation from the Wasps Legends Foundation would help bring a sense of fun to many who visit Catterick. She said: “The Foundation’s donation has given our Veterans the opportunity to practice their putting as well as hopefully bringing a smile to their faces on their recovery journey.

“None of this would have been possible without the kind donation from the Wasps Legends Charitable Foundation. Their generosity has allowed Help for Heroes to also purchase other vital equipment, and their involvement continues to make a huge difference to the lives of many who pass through our doors.”

For more information about Help for Heroes visit: www.helpforheroes.org.uk.