Tee off with the North East Autism Society


The North East Autism Society is planning a golfing day to raise funds to continue the development of its autism-friendly golf driving range at its New Warlands Farm site near Burnhope.

The 300-yard range, together with driving nets, was set up by keen golfer Sharon Cotterell, who works at the farm as Programme Support Worker.

The Society, whose headquaerts are based on the Drum Industrial Estate, took support from Durham City Golf Club professional Tom Cranfield and Sharon secured Sport England funding to support regular coaching for autistic adults. Following further advice from the Ernie Els Foundation, the new driving range was designed, and Sharon describes it as “just the beginning of a dream”.

The golfing day, which will take place at Ramside Golf Club on Friday 1 May, is £250 for a team to compete in an 18-hole golf game.

All participants will enjoy a breakfast roll, on-course competitions and prizes, a BBQ after the game and the opportunity to get involved in a silent auction.
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