Help for Heroes has teamed up with one of Scotland’s most scenic golf clubs to offer veterans the chance to tee off as part of their road to recovery…
Help for Heroes physical development manager Rob Hood worked with veteran Brian Brown to develop the Golf Fore Recovery courses at Castle Park Golf Clubat Gifford, near Haddington in East Lothian. A total of 23 veterans took part in the first two sessions and organisers now hope to roll out the model to other golf clubs around the UK.
Brian Brown, from Edinburgh, was medically discharged in 1999 after being injured in Northern Ireland. He also served in Bosnia and the first Gulf War with the Royal Highland Fusiliers and Royal Scots and attended the Lockerbie air disaster at just 21. Eight years ago the 50-year-old veteran was diagnosed with PTSD and cirrhosis of the liver.
Brian, a member of Help for Heroes’ Band of Brothers, explained: “I played golf in the army. But when my world fell apart with my diagnosis I did not go near the game again, as I associated it with drinking. When I look back now it was a struggle. I had no idea what PTSD was. I was old school military – you were told to get up and get on with it.