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March badminton coach hits the mark for charity with his Bedford's Badminton Bonanza



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Britain's oldest active badminton coach has raised over £800 for charity after hosting a day of playing his favourite sport.

Colin Bedford, 85, from March organised Bedford's Badminton Bonanza at the town's Neale-Wade Sports Hall on Saturday (26) when over 100 players from across the country turned out to play.

Players arrived from Norwich, Loughborough, Stamford, Peterborough, King's Lynn and Cambridge to join locals at the event organised to raise money for Living Sport and Cancer Research UK.

Colin Bedford held a chairty badminton event in aid of Living Sport and Cancer UK - here heis pictured with a team from Living Sport. (55755213)
Colin Bedford held a chairty badminton event in aid of Living Sport and Cancer UK - here heis pictured with a team from Living Sport. (55755213)

A team from Living Sport also joined the fun which included cakes and refreshments brought along by players.

Colin's daughter Suzanne Parish helped organise the paper work, collecting money and cheering on the players.

Colin, who has been coaching badminton for over 50 years, and still turns out on a Wednesday and Thursday evening to pass on his skills, was delighted with the day's success.

He thanked everyone who turned out to play as well as those who made a donation via his fundraising page:Colin's Giving Page accessed via Cancer Research UK's website.

Colin, of Norwood Avenue, March is now putting his thinking cap on ready to plan his next fundraising venture.

"It's a case of watch this space," said Colin, "I'm now working on my next charity challenge."



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