Winscombe skittlers rally for pal Steve

PUBLISHED: 11:00 29 May 2016

Guests enjoying the festivities.

Guests enjoying the festivities.

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Skittle players from Winscombe were up all night at the weekend, raising money for Cancer Research in honour of friend and teammate Steve Hucker, who is fighting the disease.

They got the ball rolling at 8pm on Friday at the village cricket club, before bowling beyond their original 24-hour target to finish off at 11pm the next day.

The total raised for the charity so far has reached £2,075 with plenty of sponsorship money yet to come.

The skittlers spared some time to auction off a number of items for the charity, including a pair of wooden planters built by Somerlap, which were purchased by Bleadon Café.

Mr Hucker, aged 40, of Anson Road, Locking, is suffering from bowel cancer and was unable to attend the event after being hospitalised on Saturday afternoon.

Family friend Sue Edwards said: “Everybody just wants to support Steve. He was hoping to be here but he’s been really quite rough this week.”

Ms Edwards told the Mercury the marathon was Mr Hucker’s brainchild. She said: “It was Steve’s idea. He wanted to make some money for the support he is getting.

“He’s very involved in skittles and he always has been. He used to stick up and he plays for local teams. He plays for Homefield Rangers, who play at The Woodborough, and he plays for the cricket club too.

“He’s a really good skittler. He’s played inter-league for Weston and District and Wrington Vale.”

Ms Edwards thanked the players and event sponsors for their support ‘not only financially, but with their time ensuring the skittles was played in good humour for the full 24 hours and beyond’.

Mr Hucker’s mother, Jenny said: “The people have been so supportive, it’s unbelievable. Thank you to everyone who helped with the event and provided the food to help keep the skittlers going.

“Steve’s getting married on July 29, which is very exciting. He needs something to look forward to to keeping him going.”

Kay Francis, Mr Hucker’s fiancée, said: “It’s great that we have an evening where we can get together, have a lot of fun and support Steve.”

If you would like to contrubute to Cancer Research UK, you can add to the team’s fundraising efforts by logging on to www.justgiving.com/Sue-Edwards13

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