Golf club tees up cash for Help for Heroes

Former club captainMalcolm McGuire, centre, presents the cheque to Rob Hood, second left, and veterans from Help for Heroes Phoenix House Recovery Centre.
Former club captainMalcolm McGuire, centre, presents the cheque to Rob Hood, second left, and veterans from Help for Heroes Phoenix House Recovery Centre.

A golf club teed up a hefty donation to charity after a year of fundraising for Help for Heroes.

South Shields Golf Club, based on Cleadon Hills, handed over a cheque for £2,000 as a result of fundraising by members during Malcolm McGuire’s year of captaincy.

It wasn’t a difficult decision to pick Help for Heroes, and the members got right behind all of the raffles and dos we organised

Malcolm McGuire

A group from Help for Heroes Phoenix House Recovery Centre, in Catterick, were invited to enjoy a game of golf at the club, as well as collect the cheque.

For Mr McGuire and the club, raising funds for the armed forces charity was an easy choice.

He said: “It wasn’t a difficult decision to pick Help for Heroes, and the members got right behind all of the raffles and dos we organised.”

Some of the members of the club took part in another golf event for Phoenix House when Rockliffe Hall, near Darlington, made it its charity partner for the European Tour’s English Senior Open.

Rob Hood, supported activities manager at Phoenix House, thinks golf provides a great opportunity for wounded, injured and sick military service personnel and veterans and helps them on the road to recovery.

He said: “We’re always grateful to golf clubs like South Shields for their fundraising support for Help for Heroes and, in turn, Phoenix House. It really is much appreciated.

“About 97% of Help for Heroes funding comes from the public – we cannot continue to help our heroes without that support.”

Based on the edge of Catterick Garrison, Phoenix House aims to inspire those who have been wounded, injured or become sick while serving the country and enable them to lead active, independent and fulfilling lives.

The centre has been specially designed and constructed to offer the very best recovery atmosphere for soldiers.

It has 46 single en-suite bedrooms, as well as four family suites and an arts and craft room, while it also has training, presentation and IT suites.

A gym with specialist equipment, a workshop, cafe and social areas also form part of the centre at Phoenix House.