“We give hope when they see no hope at all”: Golf in Society project launches new venue at Hillsborough Golf Club

Golf in Society, a project that helps diagnosed individuals and their families live a happier, healthier life through the game of golf, has expanded to Hillsborough Golf Club.  

The project that supports individuals with illnesses, such as Dementia and Parkinson’s disease, to build hope and happiness through person-centred golf sessions.  The weekly sessions also support unpaid carers who receive reliable and regular respite time while their loved ones are on the golf course.  

Anthony Blackburn, the founder of Golf in Society, said: “No golf experience is required to get golf to transform your life and that’s the most rewarding thing about what I do. To see someone turn up and think this might not be for them and then convert them to saying: ‘I want to do this and I want to come every week,’ – that to me is just the most amazing thing that I do.”

Ruth Donaldson, the wife of Fergus Donaldson who once played centre back for Harrogate FC, has found Golf in Society to be a lifeline for her and her husband.  Mr Donaldson was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and has attended the golf sessions.

Mrs Donaldson said that Fergus “appears happier” and that she now gets time to herself to “actually go shopping or meet a friend for coffee.

She said: “I don’t know what I would do without the golf.”

When asked why Hillsborough Golf Club was a good fit for the project, Mr Blackburn said: “They understood what we were trying to achieve and understood the importance for their local community.

“Most importantly, they had the right people with the right attitude.”

If you think you, or anyone you know, may be interested in taking part in the project, they provide free taster sessions which begin at Hillsborough Golf Club  from Tuesday 3 May.  You can book these directly through their website and by phone or email.  These sessions will then be followed by a Tailored Proposal of Support.

Golf in Society also provides volunteering opportunities for those who wish to support the project.  For more information and testimonials from other volunteers, you can visit the Golf in Society website and look under the ‘Get Involved’ page.

 

Written by Freya Hodge

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