Putt-ing Parkinson’s on course for £1,000

Golfers during the Putt for Parkinson's event at Rudding Park Golf Academy.
Golfers during the Putt for Parkinson's event at Rudding Park Golf Academy.

Rudding Park Golf Academy joined forces with ‘Golf in Society’ to hold a fundraising Putt for Parkinson’s event on World Parkinson’s Day.

More than 100 people joined the event to help fundraise through golf competitions, including a Texas Scramble on the on the Six Hole Repton Short Course, a nearest the pin putting competition and chipping competition on the Academy practice holes.

The overall winner team was ‘Team Davies’.

Antony Blackburn, founder of Golf in Society, said: “Our aim when we started the project was to prove how golf could improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease – today was living proof that we’ve done just that. The Putt for Parkinson’s event raised more than £1,000.

“To see so many people enjoying a game of golf, socialising and showing amazing generosity was a pleasure to behold. Days like today restore your faith in humanity and show what can be achieved if you get the right people and organisations working together.”

James King, Rudding Park golf manager, said: “Rudding Park has been working with ‘Golf in Society’ for two years inviting those who suffer from Parkinson’s and their carers to play every Wednesday. Our Six Hole Repton Short Course provides a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the game offering physical, mental and social stimulation for the person living with Parkinson’s and we wanted to use World Parkinson’s Day to help raise funds and awareness of this worthwhile cause.”

Renee Dickinson, chair for Harrogate Parkinson’s UK said: “The weekly Wednesday golf days at Rudding Park have brought a great deal of benefit to our members.

“They enjoy the competitive spirit, the friendship and new possibilities for exercise, which is vital to Parkinson’s people and we hope the support will continue to grow.”

Email Anthony Blackburn at golfinsociety@gmail.com to find out more about the Wednesday golf days.