Smashing effort for charity

Squash players give �2763.63 to the palliative care unit at the North Cambs Hospital. Back from left: David Means, Mark Buttriss, Mark Eves, Philip Kitchen and Steve Ward. Front from left: Jackie Bell, Jane Clarke, June Mills and Michelle Knight.
Squash players give �2763.63 to the palliative care unit at the North Cambs Hospital. Back from left: David Means, Mark Buttriss, Mark Eves, Philip Kitchen and Steve Ward. Front from left: Jackie Bell, Jane Clarke, June Mills and Michelle Knight.

A WISBECH charity has been given a £2,763 boost by a group of squash players who were keen to do something in memory of a friend who died this summer.

The group from the Sutton Bridge, Wisbech and King’s Lynn areas raised the cash in memory of Peter Bell who died of stomach cancer in June.

Cash from the weekly kitty paid by the players: David Means, Mark Buttriss, Mark Eves, Philip Kitchen and Steve Ward together with Peter, who enjoyed regular matches at Lynn Sport in King’s Lynn, started the fundraising ball rolling.

But the group wanted to do more and so held a meal followed by a disco evening recently at the Jephson Hall at Walpole Cross Keys.

They also auctioned themselves off offering three hours of work to the highest bidder, which boosted the fund further. They had a variety of skills to offer bidders from being able to create a culinary delight in the kitchen to drilling fields and the auction proved a big hit during the evening.

The friends went along to the Hudson and Macmillan Palliative Care Centre at the North Cambs hospital in Wisbech on Wednesday to present the cheque with Peter’s widow Jackie.

Peter, a farmer from Wingland, Sutton Bridge, received treatment at the centre during his illness and was very grateful and impressed by the care he received, which was why the friends chose to raise money for the facility.