SATURDAY 18TH JULY HOSTED WITHIN THE R&A TENTED COMPLEX, (THE TROPHY ROOM) AT THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
The Grand Day Out hosted a Gala Dinner at The Championship in each of the last five years in partnership with the R&A Championship Committee which delivered an unrivalled opportunity to our injured servicemen and women which they will remember for the rest of their lives.
In the final event at The Open, in 2015, our injured veterans - many of whom had suffered some of the most horrendous life-changing injuries imaginable - spent time with a number of the golfers taking part, including the great supporter of the Armed Forces, Tom Watson. They chatted with the former R&A Captain, HRH Duke of York, were hosted by Bollinger, met the BBC TV presenters and commentators and enjoyed a cocktail reception with rugby legends Brian O'Driscoll and Jonathan Davies, among others.
The evening Gala Dinner, entitled "A Night for Heroes", was hosted within The R&A's famous 'Trophy Room'. It brought together a wealth of sporting celebrities, leading members of the UK Armed Forces and injured servicemen and women from around the world. Lt General Gordon Messenger DSO OBE ADC, Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Military Strategy and Operations) spoke passionately about his support for The Grand Day Out and all that it has achieved, as well as the charity, the St John and Red Cross Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS).
Megan Adams, one of The Poppy Girls, provided sparkling entertainment once again, alongside a plethora of military musicians. Megan, a serving officer’s daughter, is an extraordinary talent who has performed throughout the UK raising funds for Military Charities, www.meganadams.co.uk.
The event also created a special environment for individuals who had experienced The Grand Day Out initiative to express their own personal gratitude to guests for the invaluable support they had received and continue to receive.
"It has been an amazing event that has just gone from strength to strength," said retired Colour Sargeant and multiple amputee Paul 'Baz' Barrett.
"I came to the first one in 2010 not long after suffering my injuries and I have to say it provided me with huge inspiration. The support we received from the legends of golf, and other celebrities, just made you realise that all the pain you go through to recover is worth it.
"People in this country do care about you and what you've been through, even if you rarely see or hear them. Now, I've got my own business going and things are still tough but brighter, so I'm delighted to help to inspire others and The Grand Day Out in spreading the message of support."