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7 rounds of golf in 7 days in 7 countries – Stuart Ogilvie’s charity challenge

TTA associate, Stuart Ogilvie, will be taking part in a gruelling charity challenge later on this month in order to raise money for our chosen charity, Hounds for Heroes. The charity challenge will involve Stuart playing 7 rounds of golf in 7 days. If that’s not difficult enough, Stuart will be playing his golf rounds in 7 different European countries, so he’ll also have to travel over 2,000 miles. As charity events go, it’s a tough challenge, but as an ex-soldier, Stuart knows, it’s for the very best of causes. Here’s what Stuart had to say.

What is Hounds for Heroes and what does it do?

“Hounds for Heroes is a fantastic organisation which provides specially-trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled men and women of the UK’s Armed Forces and Emergency Services. The Charity’s aim is to provide help, companionship and practical support to members who have been forced to leave the services on medical grounds. Although the charity is relatively new, it has already trained and provided a squadron of fully-trained assistance dogs for disabled service personnel, and with help from public donations and ongoing commitment from companies like TTA it will hopefully continue to train and support many more.”

So what does the charity challenge involve?

“Well, I’m going to play 7 rounds of golf in 7 days in 7 different countries throughout Europe. So as well as playing 7 rounds I’m going to be driving around 2,000 miles to get to and between the courses. It’s going to be challenging, but it’s for a great cause. My back may start complaining after I’ve completed the challenge, but there are people in a far worse position than me, so it’s definitely worth the effort. For me it’s a bit of fun, but it also lets me raise money for this fantastic charity.”

Which countries will you be playing golf in?

“I’ll be starting off in Scotland on Monday 20th September, then I’ll drive down to the port to travel to Antwerp in Belgium for a game on Tuesday 21st. On Wednesday I’ll be playing a game at Osnabrück in Germany, then Arnhem in Holland on Thursday. On Friday I’ll play a round in Dunkirk, France, and I’ll be finishing off on Saturday and Sunday playing golf in England and Wales, though I’ve not yet decided which order I’ll be doing that in.”

How much money are you hoping to raise, and why is money important?

“I’d like to raise as much as possible, but my hope is that I can raise around £1,000. My local golf course is helping to promote the event through one of the local golf shops, and have donated a couple of draw prizes for anyone who contributes. They’re also hoping to be able to organise a golf charity day for me, but nothing’s set in stone with that yet. I’m also getting lots of support from other ex-soldiers I already do charity work with.”

“It costs £20,000 to train a dog for the role and then sustain it for its lifetime. So, it’s a lot of money, but well worth it in my opinion. That’s why it’s important to raise as much money as I can. If anyone would like to learn more about Hounds for Heroes, then it’s well worth visiting the website to have a look at the sterling work they do.”

Is this the first time you’ve done this sort of charity event, or have you done something like this before?

“Well, I’ve always been involved in raising money for charity with friends and former colleagues, but I’m particularly committed to military charities because of my past. The thing about being in the military is, when you’re in the service your unit becomes your family. When you eventually leave the services, all units become your family. We have an unbreakable bond, and will always be there for each other and help out when called on.”

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