Club members’ sport marathon

Members of Wilby Working Men's Club who took part in a 24-hour sports marathon for charity

Members of Wilby Working Men's Club who took part in a 24-hour sports marathon for charity

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A 24-hour sporting marathon effort took place in aid of the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

Members of Wilby Working Men’s Club took raised more than £1,360.69 by playing a variety of sports during a 24-hour period.

A group of about 30 members played various games, including darts, pool and cribbage during the marathon effort.

It was organised by the club’s sports secretary Phil Loads, who spent several months planning the challenge.

The air ambulance was the chosen beneficiary after it attended the scene of a car accident involving club members Michael and Bridgett Dowling.

The marathon challenge was opened on Friday, September 7, by the mayor of Wellingborough, Cllr Ken Harrington, and his wife and consort Jean.

The event was supported by Bookers of Northampton and Kinloch Bakers, of Wellingborough, who provided bread rolls and coffee to help keep the participants going throughout the night.

Committee member Audrey Prankard took part by playing darts throughout the night.

She said: “The aim was to raise as much money as possible for the Northamptonshire air ambulance. I was tired – but it was absolutely brilliant. It was hard work getting through the night but we kept ourselves going with cups of coffee.

“Our thanks go out to every single member that made this event so wonderful.”

Mr Loads also made his own personal sacrifice for the charity by having a full head and face shave to raise funds on Sunday, September 9.

The event was attended by most of its members on the day and included a small raffle along with a bucket collection.