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Colin is hoping sponsored badminton day at March Neale-Wade will serve up charity cash

Calling all badminton players Colin Bedford needs you for a charity sponsored game.

Flashback to the recent celebrations marking Colin's 50 years of coaching.
Flashback to the recent celebrations marking Colin's 50 years of coaching.

The octogenarian who has been coaching the game in March for over 50 years is organising a fundraising day next Saturday (May 18) at the Neale-Wade Academy sports hall in Wimblington Road.

The event, which is open to anyone interested in playing badminton, is in aid of two charities close to Colin’s heart.

Firstly the Alzheimer’s Society as his beloved wife Margaret died as a result of the disease this time last year and secondly the eye unit at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon where Colin has regular injections to help him keep his sight.

Colin, who was featured in the Citizen a few weeks ago for his achievement in coaching badminton for five decades, wants players of all abilities to join in the fun from 10am to 4pm.

He said: “It doesn’t matter if you’re a novice of a top player everyone is welcome and will get a game. Depending on how many people come along games will probably last for five or 10 minutes at a time.

“I wanted to do something to say thank-you for the excellent treatment I have had at the eye clinic for the last six years, they really are very good, and also Margaret had Alzheimer’s so I wanted to raise money for that too. It would be nice if some of those I ahve coached over the past 50 years were to come along.”

Anyone interested is welcome to just turn-up on the day. It is £5 to play and refreshments will be available.

“People don’t have to play if they don’t want to, they can just have a drink and a chat, the more the merrier really,” added Colin, who at the age of 83 is still taking badminton lessons twice a week.

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