Successful Charity Event for Help for Heroes and the Lt Dougie Dalzell MC Memorial Trust at Camberley HeathGolf Club

Richard Broderick, Camberley Heath's Centenary Captain had a successful Charity Day on the 24th October. The event was held at the Surrey golf club to raise funds for Help for Heroes and the Lt Dougie Dalzell MC Memorial Trust.

Lt Dougie Dalzell served in the Coldstream Guards and on the 18th February 2010, on his 27th birthday, Dougie tragically lost his life in Afghanistan as a result of an IED explosion.  The Trust was set up to assist persons who are currently serving or have served in the Armed Forces to improve the quality of life of soldiers who have given so much for their country. 

On the day 18 teams participated in the charity event which included a team from the Coldstream Guards and one from Help for Heroes.  Louis Smit and Adam Cocks played in the Help for Heroes team; Louis was injured during a grenade attack in Afghanistan. Louis relies on an artificial leg to get around, he is a regular golfer with a handicap of 20, he hits a longer drive than most and when asking Louis about his golf swing he commented  'I have one less thing to think about'. Adam Cocks was injured when his vehicle was hit by an IED  (twice in about twenty minutes) and although he has all his limbs, he has had a serious amount of surgery. Adam is also a regular golfer and plays of 18. 

Both Louis and Adam have represented the UK in a Ryder Cup style competition for injured solders in the USA and had a great success in winning this event.  Lt Col Tristan Crew MBE, who is currently the Clinical Development Officer at Headley Court, founded the military initiative BattleBack Golf which looks to introduce wounded service men and women into golf and at present there are more than 120 golfers registered with the programme and this number is increasing.  Only last week Tristan received the MBE for his distinguished service as Executive Officer at Headley Court.  Lt Col Tristan Crew was also a member of the Help for Heroes team on the day.

Overall the day was a fantastic success; the weather was very kind and the early morning rain predicted held off allowing the sun to shine through. To add to the occasion of the event two Guardsmen from the Coldstream Guards were in attendance dressed in formal uniform. All the teams played an enjoyable round with everyone raving about the course over dinner. The winners of the day were a team from Shepherd Neame, Britain’s oldest brewery and suppliers to Camberley Heath.

Overall £7,000 was raised during the day for both charities.

The Captain would like to thank everyone who took part and for their kind generosity in supporting the day and with particular mention to Gordon Young of Eastbrook International Consultants who kindly sponsored the tournament prize table and to David Vertannes of Orchard Estate Agents for sponsoring the nearest-the-pins.