The Grand Day Out
HorsebackUK and On Course

New partner 'On Course' for success

We are delighted to announce the On Course Foundation as our latest partner and support its mission 'to build confidence in our wounded, injured and sick (WIS) Service personnel and veterans through golf skills and employment events, and set them on the path to meaningful full-time employment opportunities in the golf industry'.

The On Course Foundation has become the latest partner of The Grand Day Out and will join forces in St Andrews in June.

The partnership is an obvious one as the On Course Foundation also supports the recovery of injured Service personnel and veterans through golf. Their mission - 'to build confidence in our wounded, injured and sick (WIS) Service personnel and veterans through golf skills and employment events, and set them on the path to meaningful full-time employment opportunities in the golf industry' - fits hand in glove with the GDO and we weclome them on board.

An On Course Foundation Member told us: "To me, OCF is so much more than just a great way to learn and improve my golf. The Foundation is fantastic in bringing together guys that might not have had the opportunity to play such a sport before, and show them not only how inclusive it is, but how it helps build confidence. It’s through this confidence that I have been able to secure employment with their help. Now the sport that I love is helping me every day in rehabilitation, something I had never even considered before."

HORSES AND HUMANS WORK TOGETHER TO SPARK RECOVERY

HORSEBACK UK has linked up with The Grand Day Out to strengthen support for servicemen and women who have suffered physical and/or mental injuries and begin or develop their recovery and adjustment to life outside the military.

THE Aberdeenshire based charity Horseback UK is backing The Grand Day Out's vision to raise funds for injured military and bring past and present soldiers together in a great golf day in St Andrews this year.

Launched in 2009 by former Royal Marine Jock and his wife Emma Hutchison, Horseback UK has grown into a world-renowned home for many of our Forces who have physical and mental injury in the line of duty. Their idea was a simple one - let's let horses, nature and soldiers combine to take some of the stress from life and open the door on a new, brighter future.

A key figure in the link-up with The Grand Day Out is Jay Hare, the operations manager, who served with 45 Commando RM before losing a leg, an eye, digits to his right hand and being facially disfigured, requiring 11 operations of reconstructive surgery, after being the victim of a suicide bomber in 2006 and an IED in 2008 in Afghanistan.

Jay explained: ‘HorseBack UK gave me a mission and purpose, something to be part of, somewhere to learn new skills and, crucially, the ability to help other injured service personnel and veterans. Now we are spreading our wings and hooking up with The Grand Day Out which will only help us develop further. I saw at first hand what The Grand Day Out does when I went along for the first time in 2010 to The Open and discovered that people, whether the world’s best golfers, busy people behind the scenes or members of the public, did care about us. People do care about what we’ve gone through in Afghanistan, Iraq and other battles around the world, and I was bowled over by the support we received on these days.

‘So, that is why we have linked up Horseback UK and The Grand Day Out, to help to provide more opportunities and experiences for our injured servicemen and women to get their lives back together and move forward again, with support.’

RICK STEPPING OUT - AGAIN!

The Grand Day Out sends it support to one of our most popular supporters - the indestructible Rick Clement - after the former '2 Lancs' Sergeant stepped out again today.

The former Infantry Platoon Sgt Rick Clement, who today took his challenge of walking to the next level at the Specialist Mobility Rehabilitation Centre in Preston. Rick, who lost both legs in an explosion in Afghanistan in 2010, is an inspiration to men and women who have suffered injuries in the course of serving their country and retains an incredible humility and gratitutde for having survived.

He has swum a mile at Salford Quays, rode Mountain Trikes and won a UK Magazine Industry 'Oscar' award for a Big Issue magazine cover as the subject of photographs taken by legendary rock singer Bryan Adams, whose father and grandfather both served in the British Army.

Rick is a legend to all of us and many across the UK, attached to the military and not, and we continue to support him, and his fantastic father, the rest of the family and friends, as he shows great courage in  taking small steps forward with a smile on his face ... most of the time!

Visit Rick's website here

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