Tennis tournament proves an ace hospice fund-raiser

A group of 23 tennis players has raised more than £500 to support local nurse-led hospice, HospiceCare North Northumberland.

Friday, 26th October 2018, 11:35 am
A tennis tournament raised over £500 for HospiceCare North Northumberland. Pictured are George Watson, Hugh Watson (son and father  runners-up), Noel Hodgeson, Max Renwick (winners  Nippers Tennis Club) , Frank Dakin (organiser).

Organiser of the tennis tournament, Frank Dakin, said: “I wanted to raise funds to support a worthy local cause and to encourage more people to play tennis in our community. An inter-generational tennis tournament around Ford, Etal and Duddo was the solution.”

Jackie Kaines Lang, community fund-raiser for HospiceCare in Berwick, said: ‘It’s a fabulous idea which has brought dual benefits to the community – more tennis played and a fabulous sum of money raised for HospiceCare.

“£505 means that our nurses and clinical staff can provide two nights’ overnight care for a patient with a life-limiting illness. We’re enormously grateful to Frank and all the players.’

The tournament itself was fiercely fought. Each pair had to have a 20-year age gap between them and games were contested over a number of weeks on eight different courts.

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The final, played out at Pallinsburn House, courtesy of Geo and Jane Farr, was, according to Frank, a nail-biting affair with age and experience ultimately victorious over youth and good looks.

If you have an idea for a fund-raising event, HospiceCare would love to hear from you. Contact Jackie Kaines Lang on 01289 332290.