Team DGA 2013We are planning a fund raising week for DGA on week commencing Monday 30th May 2016. drive2drive is the campaign title and concept that we will all be rallying behind for everyone’s benefit in disabled golf.

You can donate here:
gofundme.com/jrrzq9jg

Who is taking part?
Graeme Robertson, Bucks/Berks/Oxon, Captain TEAM ENGLAND
Ashley Harris, Surrey
Peter King/Paul Piercy, Kent / East Sussex
Tex Williamson, Yorkshire / Lincolnshire

We hope this campaign will also raise awareness for disabled and impaired golf, as it’s already proven to be a great way of opening doors and making contacts at clubs we haven’t managed to connect with before.

If you are interested in getting involved either organising, helping out, donating or playing in your area, please let me know on 07932-061-680.

Graeme’s story
I have Captained TEAM ENGLAND for the last 5 years and want to lead the way raising funds to support my team going forwards. I was diagnosed with Primary Progressive MS in 1998, my condition has deteriorated and now struggle to walk across a room unaided and use a walking frame to get about, yet I can just about play 18 holes of golf. I  have always loved golf and despite my condition I have found a way to play again – Where there’s a will, there’s a way! I’m taking on the drive2drive challenge in the area where I live in Berkshire/Oxfordshire/Buckinghamshire. Many thanks to the clubs for their support (and use of a buggy!).

West Berks – Donnington Valley – Goring & Streatley  - Badgemore Park – Hennerton – Sonning - Castle Royle  - Beawood Lakes  - Billingbear  -Bird Hills  - Mill Ride  - Winter Hill  - Stoke Park – South Bucks – Sunningdale Ladies  - Royal Ascot  - East Berks  - Sand Martins

Ashley’s story
I am 24 and have been diagnosed with RA and Ankylosing Spondylitis for the last 6 years. To many people,I still look normal out and about. However what I have got is hidden and effects mobility and puts me in severe pain. So much so that it debilitates me in my bed and can’t get out.
The DGA has given me a goal,something to look forward to. I have played for my country and this year look to play in Europe and then Paralympics in Japan.
I am doing this challenge to give back to the DGA what it gave me and offer other people the chance and power to change their lives for good through golf. You don’t have to be good. It’s all about getting out and having a laugh and meeting friends. The DGA gives you all of that and more.
I play off a handicap of 7 and have played golf for many years. I want to encourage more people into golf and #disabledgolf
Ashley is currently recruiting golf clubs in Surrey & West Sussex so please make contact if you can help.

Peter’s story
I am 53 and a member of the DGA, when I was 17 years old I had a motorcycle accident with a 50/50 chance of surviving, I did survive but was left with a complete paralyzed left arm and various broken bones and damaged joints. In November 2015 I had my paralyzed left arm removed from just above the elbow, with the hope that it would help me be more mobile and the possibility of being pain free, now after 4 months, I do feel more mobile but I’m still not pain free.
I did play golf before my accident, but it’s only the past few years that I have found it enjoyable again, since I joined the DGA approximately 2 years ago, I play the wonderful game one handed and play off a handicap of 20. The DGA has given me that competitive spirit back and wanting to improve my game. So I’m taking part in this fund raising event to help Team England reach their goals and make more disabled people aware that this wonderful game is for everyone to enjoy.

Paul’s story
I am one of the DGA Regional Coordinators in the South East of England. When I was younger, I was a very active sportsman playing hockey and tennis at club level and competing in distance running. At 36, I was diagnosed with arthritis in both hips and turned to golf to keep myself active. I had a hip replacement in 2006 but, unfortunately, I developed a bone infection after the operation and had to have the artificial hip joint removed in 2008. Since then, I have had to live without a left hip joint and I now get around on crutches.
I thought my sporting days were over until I stumbled across the DGA on the internet. I joined in 2014 and it has really helped me to stay active and given me motivation to recover from a couple of re-occurrences of the infection. Above all, it provides an opportunity for people of all types of disability to get together and enjoy each other’s company with the added spice of competition.
As you know, golf needs to broaden its appeal. The DGA is part of this process and your support will help us attract more disabled people to the game.
Paul is currently recruiting golf clubs in Kent and East Sussex so please make contact if you can help.

Tex’s story
My name is Terence “Tex” Williamson, I am the Yorkshire & Lincolnshire Coordinator for #disabledgolf. My disability started when I was 8 years old, I was run over by a bus, crushing and degloving my right leg & breaking many other bones. I will be 58 years old in December, and visit Goole Health Centre wounds clinic twice a week, and weekly for Anticoagulant clinic at the Goole Hospital. In 2013 I was introduced to Graeme Robertson, England Disabled Golf Team Captain, and National Coordinator, I have ever since represented my Country in this wonderful game of Golf, this gives me my drive (No Pun intended) and my inspiration to be the best that I can be.   

 

Monies raised will be focused on supporting TEAM ENGLAND for this season and our aim is to raise £8,000. We are looking to our regional co-ordinators and welcome DGA members to get involved in the campaign which will be supported on social media and in the press. This fundraising week will benefit ALL of us – by being in the media’s eye it helps to promote disabled golf with a positive image, by supporting TEAM ENGLAND, this will reduce the amount needed from DGA limited funds and therefore support all of us. Any excess monies raised will go towards DGA general infrastructure costs.

If you would like more information about the work of the Disabled Golf Association please CLICK HERE

 

DGA member Neil Maymond with Graeme Robertson on the 18th

DGA member Neil Maymond with Graeme Robertson on the 18th at Blackburn GC