Bill the conker-or

Wisbech lions conker championships at the Oasis Centre 
Kevin Rodgers

Wisbech lions conker championships at the Oasis Centre Kevin Rodgers

Wisbech Lions’ Conker Championships were a knock out success in more ways than one.

The annual championships were well supported and they helped to raise £1,000 for local youngster Chelsea Compton-Cook for an appeal to buy the six-year-old some special waterproof hearing aids.

Vice District Governor and Wisbech Lion Kevin Rodgers said Friday’s event at the Oasis Centre went “exceptionally well”.

“We had around 80 people which is about our maximum and ten different Lions’ clubs from all over East Anglia,” said Kevin.

The title of Men’s Champion went to Wisbech Lion Bill Batrick and the women’s winner was first time player Mandy Hawkesley from Halesworth. Lions’ Team champions were Peterborough and Non-Lions’ Team champions was Ady Hurrell and family.

Wisbech Lions’ president David Smart made the presentation to Chelsea and family just before the conker finals.

Kevin explained the money was from the championships and Wisbech Lions plus donations from other Lions clubs.

The family are also set to receive £500 shortly from the Lions’ District Charitable Fund.

Chelsea is getting excited about her new hearing aids which will enable her to have a better quality of life.

The West Walton Primary School youngster was born 15 weeks early and is profoundly deaf as a result of her premature birth.

Chelsea’s mum Lisa said a big ‘thank you’ to the Lions both for the donation and their hospitality on the night.

“They made us so welcome,” she said.

The family are close to their £10,000 target and Lisa hopes Chelsea may even have her new hearing aids by the end of this month.




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