Police get in the swing of raising cash

The late Barry Thacker, with daughter Jude Ashmore
The late Barry Thacker, with daughter Jude Ashmore
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Police officers will be pounding a beat with a difference to raise money in memory of a colleague’s late father.

Bobbies from across the county will be taking to the fairway to play a round of golf over the summer to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for a school for deaf children.

Detective Jude Ashmore’s father, Barry Thacker, from Chesterfield, was born profoundly deaf and attended the Royal School for the Deaf in Derby from the age of three until he was 19.

When he died last year at the age of 79, his daughter decided she wanted to donate cash to the school to help other children in need of the specialist education provided there.

Scores of colleagues have now volunteered to take part in the event at Bondhay Golf Club, near Worksop, on August 6.

Jude, whose mum Dorothy, 79, is also deaf, said: “Because both my parents were deaf we had to communicate in sign language. From being a young child I have been able to sign. It was just a way of life for us all.

“My dad used to attend the school so I want to raise money for it. It specialises in helping profoundly deaf children and the visually impaired.

“They do such a wonderful job there and are self-funded so anything we can raise will make a big difference.”

Jude said her dad never complained about his disability.

“He never once said he wished he could hear. It would have been worse if he had lost his hearing but he never had it.

“I am overwhelmed by the number of people who have offered to take part - a group of 60 made up of police officers, family and friends. It’s unbelievable really.”

To sponsor the golfers send an email to judeashmore68@gmail.com