A new putting green was opened at Phoenix House Recovery Centre last Thursday, thanks to a major donation from the combined rugby world.
The Wasps Legends Charitable Foundation raised £44,000 for Help for Heroes, which has gone towards the facility at Phoenix House Recovery Centre in Catterick, enabling wounded, injured and sick Service Personnel the opportunity to learn or refine their golfing skills as part of their recovery.
The Invictus Games captain, Bernie Broad, officially opened the putting green, sinking an easy put from six inches.
Help for Heroes Head of Recovery North, David McNeill, said the new creation would improve golfing skills and help the beneficiaries in other areas.
He said: “The putting green is brilliant and a fantastic resource. It will encourage people to challenge themselves through golf, whether as an individual or in a group. I look forward to seeing those we support staying out late into the summer nights, enjoying themselves and improving their golfing skills.”
Peter Scrivener, Trustee of Wasps Legends Charitable Foundation, added that he hoped the new addition to the Recovery Centre would allow past and present servicemen and women to take their minds off their injuries.
“The putting green is a space where they can have some time alone and develop a new skill. When they come here they might be completely new to the experience, but it just gives them somewhere to go, give themselves peace and just enjoy themselves.
“We are delighted to support this, it is very humbling.”
The donation from the Wasps Legends Charitable Foundation previously allowed Help for Heroes to buy a modified golf buggy, and 12 rugby wheelchairs. The foundation has also fundraised for several other charitable projects, including the School of Hard Knocks, and the Dallaglio Foundation Rugby Works.
Bernie Broad, who used golf as a recovery method after losing his legs in Afghanistan, praised Help for Heroes and encouraged guests at the recovery centre to make the most of the facility.
He said: “Help for Heroes is a brilliant charity, and the way they look at sports and activities as a way of recovery makes such a difference to people’s lives.
“I only started playing golf after my injury, and now I love it.
“There will be people who are sat inside watching TV, who might not have tried the sport before; but I would say to them, take up a new hobby and come to the putting green, it is great fun and a great form of exercise.”