Foulridge soldier helps raise £20K

LIASISON OFFICER: Gregg Stevenson, who lost both his legs to an IED in Afghanistan just over four years ago (S)
LIASISON OFFICER: Gregg Stevenson, who lost both his legs to an IED in Afghanistan just over four years ago (S)

A Foulridge soldier who lost both his legs to an IED in Afghanistan was among those who helped raise a staggering £20,000 at a charity golf day.

Gregg Stevenson attended the On Course Foundation event at Skipton Golf Club along with other injured servicemen and ex-servicemen, founder of the charity John Simpson, and teams from businesses throughout the country.

The day, which was organised by former Yorkshire Business Leader of the Year David Rasche, saw the group play golf in aid of the foundation.

Money was raised through donations, entry fees from those competing, and a successful auction at the evening dinner.

Mr Rasche said: “All who attended found it a very enjoyable, but humbling experience.

“Golf through the handicap system is probably the only sport where disabled people can compete on even terms with able-bodied competitors. Service personnel find it a very positive force for both their mental and physical rehabilitation.”

On Course Foundation helps severely injured servicemen and women recover through golf and find employment in the golfing industry and other supporting businesses.

Mr Stevenson, of Lowther Lane, became part of On Course three years ago having never played golf before. He now works for the charity as a national liaison officer.

The former Colne Park High School student said: “For me personally, the foundation has been great. When I came out of the military I was at a bit of a loose end. I love competing, so concentrating on the golf really appealed to me.”

For more information visit www.oncoursefoundation.com