Simon Brown Golf

Golf for a Good Cause: Charity Golf Day at Goodwood

Simon Brown from Chichester is organising a Charity Golf Day at Goodwood in October to help raise awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and fundraise for PTSD UK.

Simon was diagnosed with PTSD 3 years ago having been involved as a rear seat passenger in a serious head-on car collision on the A27 near Arundel in June 2019. He suffered life-changing injuries to his left leg, hip, ribs and spleen and has undergone 6 major operations to date, with more anticipated in the future.

After a month in hospital, with significant help from the team at Fontwell Physio, Simon has spent the last 3.5 years learning to walk again. Now it’s time for his biggest challenge to date. In October 2023, he is planning to play and walk unaided around Goodwood Golf Club for the first time since the crash, a distance of approximately 9km.

Simon will complete the challenge on the Park Course at Goodwood with a small, select group of well-wishers at the end of September and a few days later, on 5th October, he has invited 72 people from around the world to join him for a day of golf and fundraising on the adjacent Downs Course.  “I’ve been overwhelmed with the support I’ve received from the Goodwood Estate, friends and family who have donated prizes that we will raffle off to raise money for the charity.” There is also a social media campaign available for people to donate if they are unable to attend on 5th October Simon Brown is fundraising for PTSD UK (justgiving com).

I have been lucky enough to play in a lot of prestigious corporate golf days in the past, both in the UK and internationally. Although this event is primarily just being attended by my own network of friends, I want it to feel like a really professionally run event, so there has been a lot of work happening behind the scenes. There are some fun and ‘different’ elements to the day and there may even be a couple of surprise guest appearances.”

PTSD is a condition which some people develop after experiencing a trauma in their life such as a road traffic accident, bereavement, personal assault, natural disaster, miscarriage, traumatic childbirth, being bullied, sexual violence, childhood abuse, domestic abuse or fire. It’s estimated that in any given week in the UK, 4 in 100 people have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder  – this equates to 2,612,000 people in the UK, yet it’s still an incredibly misunderstood, and still relatively unknown condition.

After the amazing help I’ve received from the various hospital staff, Fontwell Physio team and the therapists at Psychology Sussex (who have been treating me specifically for the PTSD symptoms), I felt like I had taken a lot out of the system and wanted to give something back. As a sufferer of PTSD, I really understand the support required to deal with the traumatic flashbacks of a car crash, distressing nightmares, interrupted sleep, exhaustion, sense of saturation and feeling overwhelmed by day-to-day life created by this condition.”

Jacqui Suttie, Founder and CEO of PTSD UK added “We’re in awe of all of our supporters and their dedication to the fundraisers they organise. Not only does the fundraising help support our mission to support everyone affected by PTSD and C-PTSD, no matter the trauma that caused it, it can really help with raising awareness of the condition which is vital. We’re incredibly grateful to Simon for all his dedication is organising this exciting day!”

If you’d like to support Simon by way of sponsorship, you can do so here: Simon Brown is fundraising for PTSD UK (justgiving.com)

If you’d like to join Simon at this incredible event at Goodwood, you can find out more by emailing him on brownsimonh@aol.com


PLEASE NOTE: This event is being run by Simon Brown, and so PTSD UK and it’s staff and volunteers are not able to be held liable for any issues arising as a result of attending this event. 

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