Bowls club raises £10k in charity tournaments

PUBLISHED: 09:00 21 June 2015

Hutton Bowls Presentation

Hutton Bowls Presentation

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A VILLAGE bowls team has raised about £10,000 for charity over the past seven years thanks to its popular tournaments.

Hutton Short Mat Bowls Club typically holds two charity tournaments a year to raise cash for good causes.

Club member Bryan Ennis said: “I think the first one we did was for the air ambulance and we raised about £1,300.

“After that first year we started doing two a year, one in the May and one in September.

“It is hard because there are so many charities out there and they are all worthwhile.”

The club’s charity matches are so popular on the short mat bowls circuit that they always fill-up within two weeks of being announced.

Bryan said: “That just highlights the quality of the events we run. It is now built into what the club does.”

The club has so far raised money for the Blood Bikes, children’s hospice, Brainwave, air ambulance, Diabetes UK and the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The most recent fundraising tournament was in aid of the League Of Friends at Weston General Hospital, which raised £1,100.

Bryan’s partner Cynthia Riley volunteers for the Friends of Weston Hospital shop.

Bryan said: “The shop is totally run by volunteers and it sells everything.

“The Friends also paid for the new entrance which cost £100,000. They raise a lot of money and buy things for the wards. I know they are currently looking at buying a new scanner.”

A Friends representative collected the cheque from the club on Thursday.

For more information, visit www.huttonsmbc.co.uk

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