Rudding Park Golf Academy in Harrogate, described as the World’s first Parkinson’s Friendly Golf Club have joined forces with ‘Golf in Society’ to hold a fundraising Putt for Parkinson’s Event on World Parkinson’s Day, Wednesday 11 April 2018.

Anyone, young or old, golfer or non-golfer is encouraged to pop down to the Golf Academy and enter a fun putting competition for a donation, 50% of which will go to Parkinson’s UK (Harrogate Branch).

It’s not just about the golf, as therapists from Rudding Park Spa will be on hand to offer Indian Head Massages. The benefits of massage have long been recognised by people with Parkinson’s to alleviate joint and muscle stiffness and promote relaxation and well-being.

Golf in Society are also celebrating their second birthday but rather than bake one birthday cake to mark the occasion, everyone is invited to donate a cake to help with the fundraising.

Cakes should be dropped off at the Golf Academy by 11am on Wednesday 11 April ready for judging by a Rudding Park Chef. There will be a prize for the best golf-themed cake and they will then be on sale from 12noon for a suggestion donation of £1 per slice.

James King Rudding Park Golf Manager explained “Golf in Society is a Social Enterprise, aimed at improving the health and well-being of an ageing population by introducing them to the world of golf. 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 6 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. Our golf members act as ‘Golf Buddies’ and there is a real camaraderie!”

Antony Blackburn, Founder of Golf in Society commented "It's been an amazing two years since we started the pilot. We've encouraged so many people with Parkinson's to enjoy golf - many of whom had never played the game before. We are very proud to have proved how golf can become a special part of your life - even when Parkinson's tries to get in the way.''

If you would like to join in and help raise awareness in any shape or form, please contact Renee Dickinson on 11 April at the Putt for Parkinson’s event.

Alternatively, perhaps you are a golfer with Parkinson’s and would like to join in with the Golf Days. If so, please make contact with Anthony Blackburn at the Golf Day.


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