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May 4, 2016

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.’


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