Hazelwood bowls club event raises £335 for hospital charity

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Members of Belper bowls club raised £335 for charity with a special invitation competition on Sunday, July 24.

The event continued an annual tradition for players at Hazelwood Crown Green on Over Lane.

Each year the club invite 24 bowlers from local clubs to join 24 of the Hazelwood bowlers in a friendly day long contest for a nominated good cause.

The day was enjoyed in high spirits, with players dressing up in costume and spectators lining the green.

The money is raised through entry fees and a raffle, and this year , the club’s chosen charity was the Derby Royal Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.

The choice of the charity was particularly significant for Hazelwood’s chairman Di Ottewell and her husband Arthur.

Club member Terry Fletcher said: “Last September , Arthur suffered an abdominal aortic aneurysm and was only given a five per cent chance of survival on arrival in the accident and emergency department at the Derby Royal.

“But through prompt attention, the skill of the surgeon and the wonderful care of the staff on the Intensive Care Unit , Arthur was able to survive and make a good recover.”

Arthur and Di, accompanied by Hazelwood secretary Chris Rochester and treasurer Margaret de Saeger travelled to the hospital last week to hand over the cheque to members of the unit’s staff Sue Loadman, Sally Spencer and Julia West.

Hazelwood Bowls Green has a mixture of non-league social members and those who play in competitive team leagues.

The picturesque green is open for social bowling any time other than match days.

It also holds regular events for ages 9 to 90-plus with an emphasis on simply enjoying the sport.

To check on green availability, enquire about membership or to keep track of upcoming events, visit www.hazelwoodbowlsclub.weebly.com.