Young bowlers praised for 12-hour marathon efforts

Club treasurer Al Ashby and president Hayley Russell hand the cheque to Ally Calver, fundraising manager from The Rowans Hospice, watched by Chichester YBC members
Club treasurer Al Ashby and president Hayley Russell hand the cheque to Ally Calver, fundraising manager from The Rowans Hospice, watched by Chichester YBC members

Chichester Youth Bowling Club raised £2,585 for The Rowan’s Hospice in Waterlooville in a 12-hour sponsored bowl.

The event, organised by club treasurer Al Ashby, saw young tenpin stars of the future challenged by bowling coaches and members of the public at MFA Chichester.

The money raised was in memory of Jan Hughes, the parent of a club member, who was cared for by the hospice during his battle with cancer.

The total included a £290 donation from Lewmar Marine Ltd in Havant, the company of one of Chichester YBC’s coaches, Mark Wood.

Mr Ashby said: “The whole of the YBC, parents and staff at the bowling alley got involved, making it a fantastic and successful event.

“Our aim was to make around £1,500, so to be able to present Rowans with a cheque for £2,585 makes me very proud and very grateful to all those that got involved.”

Stars of the show were the young bowlers, aged between seven and 19, who bowled for 12 hours non-stop.

Mr Ashby added: “We have a great club spirit here at Chichester YBC. Everyone thought the world of Jan and he is sorely missed.

“This is our way of saying thank you to Rowans for the help and support they have given his wife Gloria and daughter Taylor throughout this difficult and tragic time.”

The Rowans Hospice is a registered charity dedicated to improving the lives of people with life-limiting illnesses since 1994.

Ally Calver, fundraising manager, at The Rowans Hospice said, “Thank you so much to Chichester YBC for raising this incredible amount of money, which will enable us to provide vital care and support for families affected by life-limiting illnesses, including our Rowan’s Meerkat Service for children and young people.”

Chichester YBC started life as Fareham YBC and moved to Chichester in September 2015 following the closure of their previous base.

Since then, the YBC has continued to succeed in competitions up and down the country. It has achieved many awards along the way.

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