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WWL Charity Bowling Event a Great Success

Newsdate: 2 June 2016 Stephen Hand

A charity bowling event organised by WWL, and held at the Bellingham Bowling Club on Saturday 28 May, has been hailed as a great success.

The idea of the event was for people to raise money for our brand new “Minds and Memory Fund,” a ring-fenced fund under the banner of the Trust’s charity, Three Wishes. Its aim is to provide vital funds for our services that treat elderly and dementia patients. Money was raised through donations and also through a raffle that was held at the club on the day.

In the end, over £780 was raised by all, a brilliant effort, which will be of tremendous value to our patients.

Whilst visitors were raising money for an outstanding cause, they were also able to have a lot of fun, trying their hand at crown green bowling. To this end, people were split up into pairs. In the pair would be one experienced bowler and one beginner.

There were 24 teams of pairs in all, with the beginners from Trust staff and social services paired with experienced bowlers from across Wigan.  Pat Roscoe, Chairwoman of the Wigan and District Ladies Bowling League kindly gave up her time to run the round robin competition, which consisted of three rounds, followed by two semi-finals and a final.  The winners were each presented with a trophy and Andy Savagea bottle of fizz, and the runners up each took home a crystal Three Wishes paper weight. 

The winning pair was WWL Membership and Engagement Officer, Stephen Hand, and his grandmother, Marjorie Seddon.

After the bowling, a raffle was held inside the club house. Among the prizes on offer was a £40 voucher for a local mobile hairdresser, plus two fantastic food hampers that had been prepared by WWL staff who work in Theatres. In all, 40 donations for raffle prizes were made by our very generous WWL staff.

This extraordinary event was organised by WWL Dementia Champion, Christine Swann, along with Lead Governor, Pauline Gregory and Governor James Lee.

WWL Chairman Robert Armstrong attended the event and was delighted with the success it had enjoyed.

He said: “This was a nice, fun way of raising money for a very important part of our hospital’s responsibility. It was a real family event with a wide range of staff competing across WWL and Social Services. There was also a really exciting final that had us all on tenterhooks! I would like to thank all the organisers of the event and everyone who made this day such a great success. I would also like to give special thanks to the Bellingham Bowling Club for being such fantastic hosts for our event.”