Yorkshire academy helps families living with Parkinson’s

Parkinsons Rudding Park

A Yorkshire golf academy has teamed up with ‘Golf in Society’ to offer families living with Parkinson’s the chance to relax, learn new skills and socialise.

Over 20 people attended the first event at the Rudding Park Golf Academy, Harrogate, and were partnered with club members as ‘Golf Buddies’ to play the game they love. 

Golf in Society is a Social Enterprise initiative aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of an ageing population by introducing them to the world of golf.

The Rudding Park event was held in the run-up to Parkinson’s Awareness Week, which continues until Sunday.

James King, Rudding Park Golf Manager, explained: “The Repton Short Course with six par-three holes offers a fantastic opportunity to continue to enjoy the game and the camaraderie.  The day was a huge success and we are already planning another event in May”

Anthony Blackburn, founder of Golf in Society, said "Days out like these are priceless. Not only do they provide physical, mental and social stimulation for the person living with Parkinson’s, they offer the carers the chance to recharge their batteries too.  One gentleman we help was told he would never play golf again when diagnosed – he now plays every Thursday with me and it's the highlight of his week"

To find out more about the next Rudding Park ‘Golf in Society’ Day email golfinsociety@gmail.com

To find out more about Parkinson’s Awareness Week visit www.parkinsons.org.uk