When her golf playing husband had to give up the game through disability, Cerise Booth swung into action.
The Huddersfield carer and her husband Kevin set up a charity, which helps people take up and carry on playing the sport, and which aims to bring disabled and non-disabled people together on the golf course through taster sessions, organised games and events.
The charity is in its fourth year. Initially it relied on grants, but wants to expand into other parts of Yorkshire and beyond, and has become self-funding. And Cerise, 56, of Netherton, is using the Examiner Charity Challenge 2016 as a way of raising money - by tackling a 20km walk.
She launched the British Inclusive Golf charity with Kevin, 58, who had given up playing because of problems with his ankles.
“Kevin had trouble with damaged ligaments, and needed a series of operations. He got depressed and said he was just fit for the scrapheap, and I said to him there must be something a disabled person can do.
“I went on the computer and found a group which helps disabled golfers in the south, and we joined and then set up a northern section. But its aims were different. We work at a grassroots level, often with people who have hardly any mobility or who haven’t done anything like this before. So we decided to set up our own organisation.”
As well as working as a carer, Cerise has been in the pub business and worked in markets, while Kevin was in the air force before working in the telecoms industry.
Cerise is taking part in Examiner Charity Challenge on May 15. It is organised by Lions Clubs International event and sees walks in Lepton and Beaumont Park and a horse ride.
People can raise money for many different charities, through events including walks of four, seven or 12.4 miles, a teddy bear hunt, and horse ride. Last year’s event raised over £11,000.
To enter, you can download and fill in the form from examiner.co.uk/charitychallenge. You can either return it to firstname.lastname@example.org, or post it with a stamped addressed envelope to Examiner Charity Challenge, Pennine Business Park, Longbow Close, Bradley Road, Hudderfield HD2 1GQ.
Or you can bring your sponsorship form with you on Sunday, May 15 to register for your chosen event.
People over 16 will be charged £6 and 6-16 year olds pay £3 which will be collected on the day. and which goes towards the cost of administering the event with the remainder going to Lions Clubs’ charities. Children under six can enter for free.
The closing date is Friday May 6, but you can turn up on the day and pay £15, with £5 being refunded on your return, to help cover the admin costs. No late entries will be accepted on the 20k walk and no dogs are allowed on this walk. Late entries for the horse ride cannot be guaranteed a place on an organised ride with ride leaders.