Community News: Co-op Funeralcare help golfing teen achieve dream
15 August 2016
A talented young golfer from Southampton has received a £200 donation from the Romsey Co-op Funeralcare team, to help him achieve his dream of teaching disabled children how to play.
Warren Clark, 16, has learning difficulties himself, including autism, dyslexia and dyspraxia. Despite his conditions, he has never let them stop him from reaching his golfing potential. Warren is currently on the England Golf Youth Panel, is a Junior Ambassador of the Disabled Golf Association, and has received many other titles and accolades.
Warren has also been a voluntary coach for three and a half years at Paulton’s Golf Centre at Ower, but his ultimate dream is to teach other disabled people how to play and enjoy golf with the use of a simulator. This would enable those who suffer from blindness or who are confined to a wheelchair to be able to play.
When Warren’s mother first approached the Romsey Co-op Funeralcare team, they were only too happy to support a young member of the community trying to make a difference, and donated £200 towards the sum needed to purchase the simulator.
Caroline Bowyer, Funeral Director at Romsey Co-op Funeralcare, explained:
“I realised straight away how gifted this young man was, and we wanted to help him share his skills and enthusiasm with the community in any way we could. We are very passionte about getting involved with local people and initiatives, and we hope that the £200 will go towards achieving his dream. I have no doubt though that his drive and determination alone will get him there.”
Dawn Osborn, Warren’s mother, added:
“Myself, Warren and the whole family would like to thank Caroline and the Co-op Funeralcare team for their donation and continued support. It’s vital that people with disabilities are given the same opportunities in life as those who are physically able, and this donation will help Warren to provide those opportunities to the community.”
Warren will be taking his E.G.T.F golfing qualification in September, and if he passes, he will be the youngest qualified golf professional in the UK at 16 years old.
About Co-op Funeralcare:
Co-op Funeralcare is the UK’s leading funeral director and part of the Co-op Group, the UK’s largest co-op business, whose purpose is “Championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities.”
About the Co-op:
The Co-op, which is the UK’s largest co-operative business with interests across food, funerals, insurance and legal services, has a clear purpose of championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities. Owned by millions of UK consumers, the Co-op operates a total of 3,750 outlets, with more than 70,000 employees and an annual turnover of approximately £11 billion.