Causes are urged to grab chance in 24hr bowl-a-thon
Bishop's Stortford Bowling Club are planning a 24-hour bowl-a-thon to raise funds for charity, and the event organisers are searching for causes to benefit from the escapade.
Over the summer solstice, beginning at noon on Saturday, June 23 and ending at noon on Sunday, June 24, the bowling club members will take it in turns to do two-hour stints, playing constantly over the 24-hour period on two of the Bowling Lane club's immaculate rinks.
Ella Tovey, an 11-year-old Thorn Grove Primary School pupil and one of the club's newest members, will be one of the first players to kick off the 24-hour charity event. Ella will bowl for the full two hours before handing over the reins to her team-mates.
The club's third rink will also be open on each day, between 10am and 4pm, for newcomers to have a go at the sport, and the club's coaches will be on hand to show them how to play.
The event organisers want the wider community to benefit from the event in other ways, and any good cause that needs a financial boost can apply to the bowls club for a share of the event's proceeds.
Half of the overall amount raised will be donated to the bowling club's chosen charity for the year, Prostate Cancer UK, but the club are still undecided on the beneficiary of the second half; the money may be split between several local causes.
"We are open to anything,said Belinda Cogswell, the club's social secretary."This is something that we want to do for the community."
"What we're looking for is local individuals, organisations or charities - anything - to contact us. We would like to help with something.
Each of the bowlers playing over the 24-hour period will be collecting sponsorship.
The Rivers Hospital in Sawbridgeworth has already got the ball rolling by contributing £100, and any newcomers trying the sport on the third rink will be asked to make a £5 donation which will be added to the charity pot.
Any causes - no matter how large or small the fundraising appeal - can apply to the club for backing by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is Friday, June 15.