Carpet bowls tournament raises £1,000 for WiSH Upon A Star appeal
Carpet bowlers have helped to boost the funds of a hospital charity by raising £1,000 from an annual competition.
A total of 120 people, who were split into 30 teams of four, took part in the Suffolk County Bowls Association 2019 Charity Fours Tournament, held at Needham Market.
And the money raised from the event has gone to the My WiSH Charity’s WiSH Upon A Star appeal which targets the enhancement of care for children being treated at the West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds.
The eventual winners were Claydon A consisting of Clint and Emma Whatling and Ally Hobbs and Matt Crane who recorded 10 points with 52 shots for and 14 against.
They were closely followed by the Chelmo/Barking team of Karen and Alfie Hubbard (Chelmondiston) with Mick Watkins and Andy Gilder (Barking) who also had 10 points with 44 shots for and 16 against
Other teams in the fray and winning four games with 8 points were Hundon B with 49 shots, Knodishall A 42 shots, URC Felixstowe 39 shots, Great Blakenham 37 shots and Claydon B 34 shots.
Claydon A also won the Name the Pub competition and the Proverb quiz while Kevin Salmon won the Name the Bear.
John Raistrick and Graham Stark won the £1 coin competition and the funds were further boosted thanks to a grand draw which comprised of 56 draw prizes.
Event organiser Richard Sago said the day was a success despite the date clashing with the indoor tournament at Potters Leisure, at Hopton, in Norfolk.
He said: “We were pleased to raise that amount of money for the charity and we wanted it to go towards helping the youngsters at the hospital.
“We normally get up to 45 teams in the event with teams from all over Suffolk and Essex but it unfortunately clashed with Potters but we do know that the money is going to be used to help purchase an interactive toy for the antenatal waiting area.”
And he paid thanks to all those who took part and helped on the day saying: “On behalf of Suffolk County Bowls Association thanks again for your support and a big thank you to all those that helped out on the day.”
The WiSH Upon a Star appeal was launched in 2017 and support for it has grown.
It has helped to purchase a number of items including new baby cots which are specifically targeted at caesarean section mums, an Accuvein for the children's outpatient department which shines a light on the patient highlighting their veins making it much easier to take blood or cannulate young patients, and a saturation monitor for the Rainbow Ward which monitors the oxygen saturation of the child's blood. Sue Smith, head of fundraising, said “We wanted to start this appeal to ensure we could enhance the care of our young patients across West Suffolk Hospital. This toy is something that’s been wanted for quite a while so we are thrilled to be able to provide it at last thanks to the SCBA and their generous donation”.
If you would like to support the WiSH Upon a Star appeal contact the fundraising team on 01284 712952 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Written by Russell Cook
Pictured left to right are John Varden, chairman of the Suffolk Carpet Bowls Association, Sally Daniels, My WiSH appeal manager, and Richard Sago, event organiser for the SCBA.