Young carers take time off to tee off

From: Litmus Public Relations
Published: Mon Sep 06 2010

The rookie golfers, aged 11 to 19, took to the fairway during two hour-long golf lessons at the club, allowing them valuable time off from their duties of caring for family members or simply time away from the home environment. The group was made up from members of the Kirklees Young Carers project and the Northorpe Hall mentoring service.

The lessons were donated to the two Kirklees charities by Sovereign Health Care, the Bradford-based cash plan provider.

During the lessons, the young people were taught techniques to improve their swing and putting by the club’s head professional golfer Andrew Hall. Each of the young people has an interest in golf and although some had been to a driving range before, for most it was their first experience of a golf course. Following the lessons, Sovereign Health Care rewarded the group with lunch in the club house.

Caroline Cundey of Sovereign Health Care explains: "We’re delighted to be able to offer these two inspiring groups the opportunity to enjoy a golf lesson at Bradford Golf Club. These young people dedicate much of their own time to caring for others and overcoming difficult life challenges. It’s a pleasure and a privilege that we can help in some way to give them time away from their normal environment to relax and have fun."

Jon Humpleby project coordinator at Kirklees Young Carers, says: "Trips like the one to Bradford Golf Club offer the young people a chance to experience things that their family circumstances wouldn’t ordinarily allow. The young people from our Young Carer Project spend a significant amount of time caring for an immediate family member, often a parent or sibling with a physical or mental illness.

"Where as the young people that use the mentoring service may be experiencing a period of transition in their lives. Bradford Golf Club is such an idyllic setting and many of the children will never have been anywhere like this. It really gives them a feeling that there are other opportunities in life and for this, we are extremely grateful to Sovereign Health Care."

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