The Movement Centre Golf Day

A few weeks ago on a wet Friday morning, I and two of my colleagues Beth and Lyndsey, along with my friend Sue, arrived at Arscott Golf club for The Movement Centre Charity Golf Day. This has been run for several years now and is well supported by local businesses.

Sue and myself were travelling from Bridgnorth and following the previous night’s heavy rain, the roads were much slower, the usual 40 minute journey taking us an hour. On arrival at the club it was clear that the weather was going to be less than kind. Not only was it lashing down with rain but it was blowing a very cold gale force wind. I was more than grateful that recalling my mother’s advice I had remembered to put my vest on! We had to put on all our waterproof gear so by the time we were fully equipped we had only 10 minutes to tee off time. We rushed to the club house to find a slightly panicking Beth & Lynsey who had fortunately registered us all for the day’s golf.

As it was a shotgun start we had to find our way to the 17th tee. After a couple of detours we arrived just before the hooter went to signal start of play. Sophie, who works in business development for the personal injury and medical negligence teams, took photographs despite us looking more like fishermen than golfers! None of us had ever played there before so it was a bit scary to find we were faced with a par 3 over water (golfers you will understand our consternation!)

It was difficult to stand up with a force eight blowing let alone hit a golf ball, but we gave it our best shot. Unfortunately the first three shots went in the water and the fourth landed somewhere on the next fairway! It would be great to say that after this inauspicious start we ripped up the course and bought home the prizes. Unfortunately it didn't quite work out like that but we had a fun time despite the weather. Sue did manage to win the ladies longest drive having beaten me by about a foot. (We are still friends!)

Following the golf we all retired to the clubhouse for a lovely meal, presentation of the prizes and a charity auction. The weather obviously hadn't affected some people as there were some good scores posted. More importantly around £2,000 was raised for The Movement Centre.

For those who are not aware, The Movement Centre is a charity that works with children with a disability, such as cerebral palsy, which affects their movement control. As a charity they need to raise vital funds every year in order to deliver their services.

Thank you to Curtis Langley, fundraising and marketing manager for The Movement Centre, for arranging and organising the day.