Bute soldier Allan in golfing charity challenge

A keen Bute golfer currently serving with the British forces in Afghanistan is raising money for ABF, the soldiers’ charity, in a novel virtual golfing challenge.

Allan Smith is one of two soldiers and enthusiastic golfers who decided to hit a golf ball the 3,594 miles from the Afghan capital, Kabul, to Abingdon in Oxfordshire.

Said Allan: “Of course we are hitting it into a practice net but we researched that the average golfer hits a drive 260 yards so we’ve used that as our distance which means we’ll be hitting the ball 24,329 times.

“At 200 a day each this should take around 60 days!”

As this article was published the pair - known online as simply ‘Al and Mal’ - had raised £511 for ABF through their JustGiving web page, plus a further £91.50 through Gift Aid, and at the time of their last update had hit 21,600 balls over 3,190 miles - the equivalent of reaching Dijon in France.

ABF provides financial assistance to all soldiers and their families in times of need, with around half of its money given direct to individuals to help in areas such as debt relief, mobility assistance, education bursaries, care home fees and respite breaks; the other half is given as grants to other charities.

To support Al and Mal’s efforts, just click on the link to the right of this article.