ORGANISATIONS Tim Grantham highlights the statistics –
67 Dead and 283 Seriously Wounded! I first came to St Andrews during the summer our service personnel abide: Courage – Comradeship – Offensive of 2004, a life-changing experience. My future Spirit – Compassion – Endurance – Leadership – and a Sense of wife, a Scot, had been visiting St Andrews Humour. The wounded who return will require all of these in abundance, since a tot. She treated me to a weekend but with our support and respect they will be rebuilt. break shortly after I had retired from the Army. Help for Heroes is a charity founded in October 2007 out of a desire Of course, I had been to Scotland many to help wounded Servicemen and women returning from Afghanistan and times over the years. My late mother was a Iraq. The charity is non-political and non-critical. Help for Heroes believes proud Scot, born and bred in Edinburgh. The that anyone who serves in time of conflict is a hero. They are ordinary extraordinary fact is I had never been to Fife people doing extraordinary things and some of them return damaged before that fateful summer of 2004. I simply as a consequence of their service. Having visited their website: fell in love with St Andrews and we decided www.helpforheroes.org.uk I had to become involved with this charity. there and then, when situations allowed, St Andrews ‘The Home of Golf’ still holds on to traditional values, so we would retire to this unique town. The passion was so strong that lacking now in many parts of the UK. Golf as a game abides by the seven the following year living ‘our dream’ in this haven virtues above, and all St Andreans and Scots, became a reality. whether directly involved or not with this wonderful ‘Help for Heroes’ believes game, understand the importance of these virtues. Havens, however, are never immune to the influences of the outside world. Every day I am Every Fife and Scottish Golf Club can now that anyone who serves in reminded of my past. I served for over 25 years, do their bit for our brave service personnel in time of conflict is a hero and feel privileged to have done so. During my time joining The National Golf Challenge 2010. The in the Army, I rarely understood the motives of the National Golf Challenge will unite hundreds of temporary residents of The Palace of Westminster. golf clubs throughout the UK on the 24th and 25th I did my duty as thousands do every day on our July 2010. Each club will host their own Charity behalf for our Queen and Country. It therefore fundraiser on either of the days, or both if demand deeply saddens me when I hear that another Soldier is high, culminating with the grand final taking has been killed or injured in combat. Perhaps, living place in October at The Belfry! The Challenge will in this haven I had initially and subconsciously not only bring together hundreds of golf clubs, become guilty of brushing this, almost daily news, but also thousands of golfers by demonstrating under the carpet. their support for our injured armed forces. This Recently, I was honoured to meet a young Officer who had just will be the largest charity golf event the UK has ever seen. For further returned from his third tour of Afghanistan. Just before they left for their information: www.nationalgolfclubchallenge.org.uk tour, two of his soldiers were callously killed in Northern Ireland! He was St Andrews has begun to do its bit; The Duke’s Golf Club has become immensely proud of the men and women under his command, but made the 100th club to sign up to this unique event. Debbie Taylor, Managing the point that when he entered Afghanistan, six months previously, he was Director of The Old Course Hotel Golf Resort and Spa, says, “Kohler part of a fully fit Brigade. It took only six months to return with a staggering Company, based in Wisconsin USA, and owners of The Duke’s Course loss of 67 brave young soldiers plus 283 seriously wounded, all with lifeand The Old Course Hotel in the ‘Home of Golf’ St Andrews, are delighted changing injuries. This is the stark reality of the sacrifices our young men to be supporting a most worthy cause – Help for Heroes, through The and women make on a daily basis for their country – us. National Golf Challenge. We are confident that we will have a very healthy I came back intact physically and mentally. I was one of the lucky entry from our membership, knowing that all the proceeds will go to Help ones. Fatalities are horrendous for all involved, family, friends, and for Heroes.” comrades. Indeed, in the past I have written many letters to mothers, Whether we agree or not with our participation in Afghanistan, or fathers, and wives informing them that their loved ones had made the any other theatre of operations, we certainly have a duty to nurture our ultimate sacrifice for their Country. But now, we all have an even bigger wounded back to health, and what better way to do this than through a responsibility towards our wounded. They continue to quietly return to game we all love and respect. the UK almost unnoticed, with life-changing injuries which require, in the majority of cases, the rebuilding of a human being’s body and brain. Should you want further information on the contents of this article, or On Remembrance Sunday, Colonel Richard Kemp, CBE (a former wish to make a donation to Help for Heroes please email me at: commander of British Forces in Afghanistan), wrote a tribute to these email@example.com brave young soldiers. He said there are seven eternal virtues by which
STOP PRESS! KOHLER, Wisconsin, USA – as of 4th December 2009 Herb Kohler, Chairman and CEO of Kohler Co., announced that the company, through its subsidiary, The Old Course Limited, purchased Hamilton Hall of
St Andrews, Scotland, one of the most photographed buildings in the world of golf. Kohler Co. emerged as the accepted party from a competitive bidding process for
the property conducted by Jones Lang La Salle and the Bank of Scotland. The Old Course Limited now owns and operates the 5 AA Red Star Old Course Hotel, the
Kohler Waters Spa, and The Duke’s golf course, all of which will play a role in the future of Hamilton Hall.
(Photo courtesy of Kohler Co.)