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Driving with a difference

Posted on 6th September 2017 by Alex Worthington

Driving with a difference

On July 13th 2017, we raised our clubs to chosen charities, Claire House and Speed of Sight at our biennial golf day. Taking place at the Worlsey Marriot Hotel & Country Club, our wonderful guests tested their limits as they were challenged to take their shot of the day completely blindfolded at the par 3 14th hole; for some it was their best shot of the day, for others it wasn’t so great, we won’t name names.

But why blind?

Sat at the par 3 14th hole was the fastest blind man in the world, World Record holder Mike Newman and volunteers from Speed of Sight Charity.  On top of smashing World Records Mike provides life changing driving experiences to people with disabilities within communities throughout the UK and we wanted desperately to introduce him to our other chosen charity Claire House.

Combining the two:

Raising over £5,000 Caunce O’Hara used the funds raised to arrange a track day with a difference for Claire House.  On Monday 4th September both charities came together to enjoy a driving experience like no other at the Three Sisters Race Circuit in Wigan.  Children of Claire House and their families took to the circuit with nine-time world record holder Mike as they not only experienced driving for the first time but experienced driving a race car.

And what a day it was, there were nerves, there was joy and there were a lot of laughs as our lovely boys from Claire House, Liam and Luke released their inner race car driver to tackle the circuit. Described as a once in a lifetime experience by Liam, we can’t thank our fundraisers enough for their generous donations, Speed of Sight for arranging a day like no other and the Claire House team for liaising with parents to create such a wonderful day for such wonderful boys.

Stephen Darcy, Managing Director at Caunce O’Hara commented, “Combining the two charities allows us to create an event day like no other. We can give the children of Claire House and their families a once in a lifetime opportunity that may otherwise be out of reach. Experiencing the independence of driving, a simple task we take for granted each day, the children of Claire House can build their self-confidence and create special memories with their families they can cherish forever. On top of that, the money raised will allow Speed of Sight to continue their mission in being able to host unique driving days for disabled adults and children”.

Corporate Fundraising Manager for Claire House, Tony Langan, said; “Claire House Children’s Hospice exists to help families with seriously ill children create memories that will last a lifetime. Thanks to our friends Caunce O’Hara, that’s exactly what we’ll be able to do with this amazing driving experience. We’re so grateful for their continued support of Claire House.”

To take a look at the Claire House track day you can find Liam and Luke’s videos here

You can find photographs here

The Golf Day blind shots can be found here

Once again, a huge thank you to everyone that supported us to make this dream a reality.

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