A new drive to help our troops

ARMY CLUB: Lance Corporal Fitzwater and 'Corporal Farley with some of the golf kit donated by Lytham Golf Centre
ARMY CLUB: Lance Corporal Fitzwater and 'Corporal Farley with some of the golf kit donated by Lytham Golf Centre

HELP for the troops serving in Afghanistan comes in many forms – and staff at Lytham Golf Centre in Warton are well to the fore.

They have supplied golf equipment for those forces who have served in Afghanistan to help them pass the time during their valuable leisure periods during tour of duty periods.

Following a chance conversation with Bob Burns, the landlord of the Old Original Withy Trees in Bamber Bridge, wheels were put in motion to secure a sponsor for the golf equipment needed.

Burns and his regulars had already raised money and sent darts and dart boards out to the troops to help with the boredom, which long spells of inactivity can cause.

Tim Wright, director of the Lytham Golf Centre, contacted Callaway Golf to see if he could persuade them into offering 60 golf irons, which could be used on a driving range.

Wright said: “Callaway were delighted to help, as they were already involved in the Help For Heroes campaign, and this was another opportunity to help our troops overseas.

“We didn’t think twice about donating the golf balls to such a worthwhile project.”

Once the irons had been received 4,000 range balls were added and the whole consignment was dispatched firstly to Fulwood Barracks and then to Catterick to be presented to the First Battalion, Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.