Customers from Surrey Choices are teeing up for a day of sporting fun when they play a Pudsey Bear themed game of golf to raise money for Children in Need.
A team of enthusiastic golf players from the Woodmansterne Project, will play a four hole game of golf at Woodmansterne Sports Club on Wednesday 26th August, where they will get to meet Pudsey Bear. Teams will also be coming on the day from Surrey Choices services Colebrook and The Larches.
The Woodmansterne Project, run by Surrey Choices, offers help and support to adults with a variety of learning difficulties and disabilities across the Surrey area.
Despite the fact that most of the Woodmansterne team had never picked up a golf club before, the team has gone from strength to strength since it was formed. Their skills and enthusiasm culminated in them winning a mini golf tournament at the Queen Elizabeth Olympics Park, in May, and meeting professional golfer Henni Zuel, in July, who invited the team to spend the day with her at Epsom Golf Club.
Cat Wrigley, who works at Surrey Choices, designed the Pudsey-themed golf course from scratch. The imaginative course consists of four different themed holes, with hole two being dedicated to Sir Terry Wogan for both his interest in golf and involvement with Children in Need. The last hole of the course features a seven foot crazy golf-inspired Pudsey Bear.
The day will be fun filled for customers with an official ribbon cutting ceremony and other fundraising activities such as penalty shoot outs and raffles.
David Lawrence, Surrey Choices senior day service officer, and a group of adults with learning disabilities have been fundraising together for Children in Need for 25 years.The success of the golf project inspired the latest fundraising project. Events have involved car washes, sponsored walks and sleepovers with the involvement of Surrey Choices’ customers. As they celebrate the 25th anniversary of their fundraising efforts, the team has raised over £10,000.
David said: “We are all so excited about the upcoming Pudsey Golf Day and it has created a really positive atmosphere within the organisation.
“Everyone has got involved and the course is looking excellent, I can’t wait for everyone to see it. Staff and customers are really looking forward to meeting Pudsey Bear.
“I hope that our customers will have a fantastic day and we fundraise lots of money for a fantastic cause. The Pudsey golf course can be used for many years to come and will continue to fundraise for Children in Need.
“It would be a dream come true if I could get tickets for our customers to be in the audience for the BBC Children in Need in November, especially if our short film were to be featured.”
For more information on Surrey Choices or the Woodmansterne Project, visit www.surreychoices.com or call 01483 806806.