INJURED veterans joined business people from all over the country in Skipton for a round of golf in aid of a national charity that supports the recovery of wounded and sick service men and women.

The tenth annual event of the On Course Foundation, which helps service personnel and veterans through golf and careers in golf, was held once again at Skipton Golf Club.

Despite a less than perfect day, weather wise, the event which saw teams battle it out on the course and a charity auction in the evening, raised a record £33,000 - helping to smash the organisers ten year target of £250,000.

The 20 veterans and fellow competitors were very complimentary about Skipton’s new and changed holes, describing it as a ‘wonderful challenge with great views’.

A spokesperson said: “At times the weather was challenging, but this did not ‘dampen the spirits of the teams’, each hosted by an On Course Foundation veteran, and the sunshine did make an appearance at some points during the day.”

Mark Scorah, a former servicemen, said how the charity has helped him rehabilitate both mentally and physically over the years.

He also talked about other injured OCF members who were present, including Gregg Stevenson from Foulridge who is a double amputee.

Gregg is now a keen golfer and an avid athlete. He qualified for the Paralympic rowing squad in 2020, but unfortunately one of his legs became too sore to continue.

The auction in the evening, hosted by David Rasche, the organiser of the event, who is also member of both Skipton and Ilkley golf clubs, raised just over £17,000.

Particularly popular were rounds of golf at The Royal Household Golf Club at Windsor Castle; at Lytham St Annes, and the Royal Blackheath.

Another popular prize was a tasting menu for six at the Ugly Butterfly at Carbis Bay, Cornwall, the restaurant which hosted the G7 leaders last June.

The spokesperson added: “The condition of the Skipton course was highly praised as was the organisation and catering and all 77 players said they were keen to come back again next year. “