Golf day launches perfect Staffordshire partnership

A DEBUT day of golf helped a new partnership between Wooden Spoon Staffordshire and Staffordshire Rugby Union swing into action.

The two groups gathered at Brocton Hall Golf Club – which waived its green fees for the day – for the event, which was the first to be held under the new link-up.

Wooden Spoon Ambassador Tim Stimpson served as guest host and presided over an auction, the proceeds of which have been earmarked to provide disabled toilets for the Penkridge-based CARE Project. The charity provides respite for disabled and disadvantaged children and young adults through nature-based education.

Staffs RU President Becky Davies, who attended the day along with other committee members (notably fellow organiser David Ainge), said her organisation was “incredibly proud” to have been involved in such a successful debut fundraising initiative.

She added: “We very much look forward to strengthening our relationship well into the future.

“To be able to help to make a difference through the game to the lives of those young people in our community who need it the most will continue to be our ultimate goal.”

The Staffordshire Golf Day featured an impressive presentation from Mark Shervill, golf professional at South Staffs Golf Club, about his work with disabled children which was featured in the autumn/winter issue of Spoonews.

Wooden Spoon Staffordshire’s Trevor Jenkins (pictured above) explained: “I have to say that I had no idea of the potential that golf had to change lives in such a positive way,” adding that he has subsequently met with Mark to discuss putting together a programme for youngsters in Staffordshire.