Every year at Bryn Meadows we host a golf day to raise funds for Meningitis Now.
This year’s event was a full house, with 22 teams taking part. The teams arrived from 9am to fuel up on breakfast rolls ready to start at 11am with a shotgun start. To make things more interesting the teams played a Texas Scramble format and is ideal for teams with mixed abilities. Following the round there was a BBQ in Winners Bar, followed by the auction, prizing giving and entertainment.
This event has been supported by many of Bryn Meadows partners including Spindogs, Barclays Bank, Disability In Sport, Castell Howell Foods, Rio Architects, Glendale Fruit and Veg and Heineken. Other teams were Broadwater Technologies, HSBC, Robertson Solicitors, Thomas Caroll, Time For Recruitment and Hughes Forrest. Bryn Meadows members also took part; Steve Williams Car Sales, The Bryn Meadows Buccaneers, Pontllanfraith Rotary, MSS Scaffolding and IWM Wealth Management.
The Brian Mayo Golf Day is held annually. The event was first hosted in 1989, after the original proprietor of the resort, Mr Brian Mayo, lost both of his legs from contracting Meningitis. It was an unusual ritual that led to Mr Mayo contracting Meningitis and it is believed that he contracted the virus after licking a golf ball contaminated by weed killer. He was back on the golf course six weeks after leaving hospital, using his Mercedes as a golf cart.
His wife Mrs Fay Mayo said, “He was in a coma for 11 days and then woke up. The only thing they could attribute it to was the weedkiller on the greens.”
Mr Mayo died in 1999, after contracting another strain of the meningitis virus, but his family the owners of Bryn Meadows, still carry on the tournament in his memory.
Current owner of the resort Mr Gary Mayo, said his father was inspired to pick up his golf clubs again after reading a book in hospital. “The thing that got him into amputee golf was Douglas Bader, the World War II pilot who lost both of his legs. My dad read the book about him after he had his legs amputated and also got the opportunity to meet him. He really inspired my dad, and was his hero.”
The money raised on the day was £2,500 (with donations still being received), and will be donated directly to the charity Meningitis Now who use the funds to research live saving vaccines, spreading disease awareness and provide specialist support and helping to people and families to rebuild their futures. They can provide someone suffering with the after effects of Meningitis within an hour of emotional support from a specialist counsellor, or a valuable day out with the family, or even just to educate us all on the symptoms and signs.
Mr Gary Mayo added, “I thoroughly look forward to this event every year. I’m proud to continue supporting Meningitis Now. They were there for my family when it was needed, and I glad that I can continue to return the favour with our annual golf day. I believe over £50,000 has been raised over the years of hosting the event and I'm already looking forward to next year when we can raise some more.”