Footballer tries his hand at golf as he opens new course for disabled people in Middlesbrough (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Footballer tries his hand at golf as he opens new course for disabled people in Middlesbrough
5:24pm Friday 9th August 2013 in News
A MIDDLESBROUGH footballer opened a new golf course for the disabled in Middlesbrough today (Friday).
Middlesbrough Gateway Club, a charity for adults with learning disabilities, secured £78,000 from The Big Lottery Fund to build the four-hole crazy golf course at The Orchard, off Lansdowne Road.
And Seb Hines visited the day centre, which provides both social care and health support to people with profound and multiple disabilities, to try out the new course.
The unique wheelchair-accessible golf course, along with an activity area and multi-sensory garden, will be used to help boost the physical and mental well-being of Gateway Club members and those who visit The Orchard. It can also be booked by groups from further afield.
But the funding for the new facility was only secured on the third attempt by the Gateway Club’s secretary, Debbie Sellers.
“There were times when it was difficult but it has been worth it,” she said. Looking at how happy those who will be using the service were, she added: “It’s lovely to see - and a very emotional time.”
The project took a year from application to actually being built and is the only one of its type in the country.
Karen Cavana, Operations Manager for The Orchard, said: “This is a fantastic facility that will certainly assist with increasing physical activities for those individuals who have both complex health and social care needs.”
On the importance of the new amenities, she added: “There is very little else in the Middlesbrough area that caters for these people’s needs.”
Claire Hutchinson from The Big Lottery who has been managing the project, said that The Big Lottery would be supporting the charity in its work over the next five years.
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