Barley care home resident enjoys special day out at Barkway Park Golf Club

PUBLISHED: 14:17 14 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:36 14 November 2017

Patrick Thornton, left, with Paul Milne-Smith from Barkway Park Golf Club. Picture: Margaret House

Patrick Thornton, left, with Paul Milne-Smith from Barkway Park Golf Club. Picture: Margaret House


A resident at a Barley care home has enjoyed an above-par day out by visiting Barkway Park Golf Club.

A resident at a Barley care home has enjoyed an above-par day out visiting Barkway Park Golf Club.

When Margaret House Residential and Dementia Care Home discovered Patrick Thornton used to be a keen golfer, they tried to keep his hobby going with practice putting sessions in the garden.

However, it was clear to staff that Patrick had been pretty good, so activities co-ordinator Lea-Ann Smith contacted Barkway Park to ask if it might be possible for them to bring him along to play a hole or two.

The club were were more than willing to help and had golfer Paul Milne-Smith join him for nine holes.

A spokeswoman said: “After a few hesitant shots, it all started coming back to Patrick and he played some great holes. There was a lot of laughter as well as some quite serious competition.

Lea-Ann added: “We can’t thank Barkway Golf Club and Paul enough. While Patrick lives with dementia, it is still possible to have wonderful moments every day.”


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