At the end of 2018, local charity Brendoncare Clubs took part in The Big Give Christmas Challenge – the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign, which helps UK-registered charities raise funds for their cause. Brendoncare’s aim was to raise £20,000 in matched funds over a seven day period for their clubs service.
To support the charity’s efforts, one local club member, Chris Bailey – who attends Emsworth kurling club every Monday afternoon at the Emsworth Community Centre – suggested an inter-clubs competition between some local clubs as an ideal opportunity to bring clubs together. He suggested some fun, food and kurling, all to help raise money for Brendoncare’s Big Give challenge.
Liaising with Bill Tasker, club leader from Hillside & Wymering kurling club, Chris organised the competition between the two clubs with Hillside & Wymering bringing along a group of eight on the day. It was a real team effort with volunteers and members helping make lunch for 23 people, whilst donations were also given for the raffle, which included two delicious hampers from Brendoncare’s central office in Winchester.
The event was a great success raising a total of £206 for Brendoncare Clubs. Chris presented a crystal trophy to the winning pair, Pat Zyga & Gill Cooper from Emsworth Kurling club, who also attend other Brendoncare clubs in the area.
Bill Tasker of Hillside & Wymering said, “Everyone said what a great afternoon they had. We’re very much looking forward to inviting Emsworth Kurling club to our venue soon for a re-match!”