A charity golf day raised nearly £4,000 which will allow children with autism to continue with a programme at a golf club.

The event at Porters Park Golf Club in Shenley Hill, Radlett, raised £3,950 which will support pupuls at Radlett Lodge school in Harper Lane. to extend Radlett Lodge School golf programme Hosted by ladies captain Jane Bellis, golfers from across the county and beyond hit the course for a round.

For more than four years, the school has provided a golf programme, in the form of weekly lessons.

Ms Bellis said: "The funds we raised are absolutely essential to extend the golf programme, which is available for all children attending the National Autistic Society’s Radlett Lodge School. "There are so many benefits of the programme for the young people. It’s not just about exercise, teachers tell me they’ve noticed improvements in the children’s confidence, concentration and vital social skills like taking turns and listening.”

Ali Humphrey, who leads the school golf programme, added: "Thanks to everyone at Porters Park Golf Club for the fabulous support of our golf project. We are very grateful.

"It’s been a great partnership working with Jane who has made our students feel welcome."

Below, the photographs show the children and young people progressing through the golf programme as they develop their golf and life skills. The next photo is of (left to right): Matt Tiplin, Deputy Director of Education at the National Autistic Society; Stuart Mainwaring, Deputy Principal; Jane Bellis, Ladies Captain; Scott Wood, the pro who provides the weekly lessons to all the School and Mike Smith from the school. From left to right - Scott Wood, the pro who provides the weekly lessons to all the school; Mike Smith from the school, Jane Bellis, Ladies Captain’ Stuart Mainwaring Deputy Principal, Ali Humphrey, Project Lead, at the school. END Notes to editors