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Stroke survivors to receive golf lessons thanks to staff at Tickenham club

PUBLISHED: 10:00 28 August 2017

Tickenham Golf Club.

Tickenham Golf Club.


Having a stroke can turn a person’s life upside down in a matter of a few moments.

David Jones. David Jones.

While the severity of strokes can vary enormously, even minor ones can prevent survivors from returning to hobbies they once loved.

However, a North Somerset golf club is launching a new scheme to help stroke sufferers return to the game.

Tickenham Golf Club and The Stroke Association have teamed up to offer four weekly sessions to six golfers, starting on September 5.

David Jones, aged 74, had a stroke in 2001, and another in 2014. They affected the movement in his right arm and leg, and also left him with a communication difficulty called aphasia.

David, who lives in Backwell, said: “I played golf for around 20 years before my stroke and loved it.

“Since having the strokes, I never imagined I’d be able to play again. To get the chance to get back into golf has really motivated me, and uplifted my spirits. It will feel great to get my hand on a golf club again, although I know that I’ll find it a challenge on the day.

“With support from The Stroke Association team and Tickenham Golf Club, I’m looking forward to developing my skills further.

“Strokes affect people in different ways, but this has opened my eyes to the fact people can still enjoy playing, just using different techniques.”

Verity Aldous, a stroke recovery co-ordinator at The Stroke Association, thanked Tickenham for running the sessions.

She said: “The golf course provides an opportunity for stroke survivors to meet others who are also experiencing a life after stroke, benefit from exercise, build their confidence and enjoy learning new skills.

“We’re extremely grateful to the team at Tickenham who have been incredibly supportive with this fantastic opportunity for local stroke survivors.

“We would encourage stroke survivors across North Somerset to get in touch should they like to get involved.”

Sarah Sutcliffe, Tickenham’s head PGA professional, said: “Golf can offer a huge range of health and social benefits to stroke survivors. I hope we can continue a strong partnership to bring the benefits of the game to more people in North Somerset.”

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