Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

TAking Mind off Tragedy; Blinded PC at Golf Day as Shooting Anniversary Looms

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

TAking Mind off Tragedy; Blinded PC at Golf Day as Shooting Anniversary Looms

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Byline: SARAH SCOTT

HORRIFIC memories of this time each year will haunt brave PC David Rathband for the rest of his life.

But, as the anniversary of the day he was shot and blinded by gunman Raoul Moat dawns, thoughts of that terrifying night were far from his mind as he took part in celebrity charity gold day at Ramside Hall, in Durham.

PC Rathband was joined by the likes of TV's business tycoon Duncan Bannatyne as people from as far afield as Hong Kong took to the green to raise money for the policeman's Blue Light Foundation. In the midst of the golfing challenge, in which PC Rathband played on a blind team, with Duncan as his caddy, he told the Chronicle how he would be spending Monday.

He said: "I have thought long and hard about what I'm going to be doing on July 4. For weeks and weeks, I thought I would be busy and that I would go back to work as policeman and listen to the radio. But my sister has come up from down south, my mother-inlaw has come over from Spain so I will disappear on Monday. …

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