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(Pictured above are two teams from Church Stretton Golf Club)

The 6th annual golf day (sponsored by IHN Insurance Brokers) proved to be another successful event for us and our sincere thanks go to everybody who took part whether sponsoring, helping or competing.

With many months in the planning and with a few new ideas added to the mix the day was upon us and as usual everybody had their fingers crossed that the weather would be on our side.

With the new welcome entrance and first tee advertising boards greeting the golfers on arrival, the day was set up to hopefully be the best that we had organised to date. With a free club cleaning service, a fastest ball speed test and the usual putting competition surrounding the clubhouse there was plenty to do before and after each group’s round of golf.

With the go-ahead from our official starter, Adam’s son Luke (pictured right) hit the first tee shot of the day at 6:50am and a further 230 golfers followed suit with the last tee off time being 2:37pm. With plenty of competitions on the course, including a ‘hole in one’ on the 2nd and the now infamous half-way house (which was full to the brim of freshly baked cakes, tea & coffee and a selection of beer), everything was going to plan even with the light drizzle that we saw for the latter part of the afternoon. Spirits were high as the golfers came off of the 18th green which led us nicely into the presentation evening after everybody had been fed and watered.

There was a buzz of anticipation leading up to the evening’s proceedings with the 1st raffle prize being a brand new Samsung 48” LED, 3D, Full HD, Smart TV along with many other raffle prizes and auction lots on offer and of course the countdown to the 2015 Golf Day winning team.

We started the evening by remembering why we were at the golf day, including a heartfelt video by Stuart remembering his brother Adam, followed by a toast to him and other absent friends, before raising a glass to the Queens Royal Hussars for all of those who have and continue to serve their queen and country on behalf of us all. A thank you to a multitude of people was next, acknowledging the support from them in helping us to stage such an important date in the Foundation’s calendar year.

The excitement for the trustees and committee members was very hard to contain as we knew that we had two very special guests attending the evening and that we would be able to do something this time that we hadn’t been able to do before.

For each golf day previously we have tried to show everybody where the money that we raise goes by way of videos, photos and testimonials, but this year we were able to actually present a cheque for £5,275.00 to Jane Barker who runs the Perry RDA Group just outside Shrewsbury, to pay for an adaptable driving carriage that will replace an old one that is no longer in action. Jane has over 70 disabled people come to her centre every week and so the carriage will hopefully bring lots of pleasure to a lot of people.

We were also very privileged to welcome Val Fisher to the evening to tell her story of how she became wheelchair bound and yet had the strength and courage to overcome the barriers of her disability and is now an elite wheelchair tennis player with a hunger to get more people involved in the sport to enhance their lives.

Both ladies were extremely inspiring and yet very humble in their appreciation to those in the room that that have donated their time and money for the good of others. It was certainly a pleasure to have them both attend.

After the live auction of over 50 lots and the raffle of over 30 prizes (including the Samsung TV being won by one of the QRH party) it was onto the prize giving and ultimately the family trophy, won by Ronnie and Ryan Painter and the coveted main trophy won by Josh Carpenter, David Leach, Craig Shorter and Matt Vigurs.

Prior to the final thank you and goodbye message Dave Killick from the Queens Royal Hussars presented a certificate to the Foundation from the regiment, along with showing some personal video messages on the big screen, as a gesture of continued support for the fund raising that we do.  It is an absolute honour for us to have members of the Queens Royal Hussars attend our event each year and long may it continue.

The only thing left to do was to thank everybody for coming to support the day in whatever capacity it was and wish them a safe journey home.

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