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Paramount supports growth of disabled golf in South Wales

The Cardiff-headquartered design, build, fit-out and refurbishment specialist, Paramount, has partnered with disabled golf charity, The Golf Trust, to give disabled people in South Wales the opportunity to try golf.

The Paragolfer is an all-terrain wheelchair that raises the user into a standing position, allowing a safe and conventional golf swing. The sponsored machine was introduced to local disabled people at a special event hosted by The Golf Trust at The Vale of Glamorgan Golf Club.

It was supported by Paramount’s Chief Executive Officer, and new Captain of the Vale of Glamorgan Golf Club, Richard Jones.

“I am lucky to have played golf for all of my life and enjoy the health benefits associated with the sport and participating in recreational sport is just as important for disabled people,” Richard said.

“What is so impressive about the Paragolfer is that it provides a unique experience for wheelchair users who are able to stand and play alongside able-bodied people.

“It provides users with significant mental, physical and social benefits and I would love to see one here in Wales on a permanent basis.”

The machine was also sponsored by Vale of Glamorgan-based HVAC Mechanical Specialists S&G Air Conditioning.

Managing Director Paul Copner commented: “I was first told about the Paragolfer wheelchair and the amazing work of the Golf Trust by Richard and Paul.

“Sharing a keen interest in the sport, and having worked closely with Paramount for many years, we felt it would be a fantastic opportunity for S&G to support an incredibly worthwhile event.

“There are many benefits we all get from the game, and to give back to those less able was a huge privilege – thank you to the Golf Trust.”

The event at the Vale of Glamorgan Golf Club was a great success. Jonathan Hobbs was one attendee that Paramount’s Regional Manager and former professional Tour golfer Paul Doherty, was keen to introduce to golf for the first time.

Sixteen years ago, Jonathan had an accident that left him paralysed and he has used a wheelchair ever since.  The Paragolfer enabled Jonathan to stand for the first time since then and allowed the friends to play golf together, face-to-face.

With enquiries coming in from at least 15 local disabled people on the back of the first event, there are already plans in place for The Golf Trust to host another day with Paramount, which is based on the St Mellons business park, at the Vale of Glamorgan course this summer.  Future plans include fundraising to bring the Paragolfer to Wales on a permanent basis.

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