Help for Heroes: ‘PGA pro is an inspiration’30th August, 2013 by Jenny Yu
A former ladies’ European Tour golfer has been personally thanked by military charity Help for Heroes and labeled an ‘inspiration’ for the work she has done to help rehabilitate injured soldiers.
Sarah Bennett, who is the head PGA teaching professional at Three Rivers Golf and Country Club in Essex and a WPGA committee member, had her tournament career cut short by a neurological balance disorder in 2005, which required four years of rehabilitation.
She has therefore been able to empathise – to some extent – with wounded soldiers in Colchester, who she has been teaching golf to for the last three years.
A year ago she began working with several injured soldiers at Chavasse VC House Recovery Centre following their time at the Headley Court rehabilitation unit in Surrey. And now the Help for Heroes charity has hailed her an ‘inspiration’.
“Being told it was unlikely I would play golf again hit me hard and I still have to limit my activities but my experience was a drop in the ocean in comparison to both the physical and lasting injuries these chaps have to overcome,” said Bennett.
“I now know the determination and passion these soldiers possess, having been involved with Chavasse House and Help for Heroes for a year now and it is fantastic that everyone has embraced me in the manner they have.”
Bennett has also been involved in The PGA Buddy Scheme where injured soldiers who are playing golf are paired up with a PGA pro in their local community.
“Much of my coaching is carried out at Three Rivers Golf Club but I also visit the house on a regular basis for my golf evenings, attending functions and holding talks for the residents,” she said.
“I already have a number of activities lined up for the remainder of 2013 and into 2014, in addition to introducing new residents and working with my existing friends.”
Steve Schollar, Help for Heroes general manager at Chavasse VC House Recovery Centre in Colchester, said: “On behalf of Help for Heroes and the wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans that we support, I want to express my gratitude to Sarah for inviting and hosting residents of Help for Heroes’ Chavasse VC House Recovery Centre for her special day at Three Rivers Golf Club and her on going coaching.
“This kind of support is essential as we continue to develop our facilities in Colchester, and the range of activities we provide to our recovering heroes.
“Sarah has proved an inspiration in helping the soldiers into new hobbies and giving them the self-confidence to try new activities.”