Bowlers in 24-hour marathon for charity

Bowlers will descend on Desborough on Saturday to take part in an annual 24-hour bowling marathon for charity.

The charity bowlathon was set up and is organised by Graham Carley to raise money and help children with special needs in Scotland through The Teddy Bear Foundation.

The event, which is now in its eighth year, has already raised more than £40,000 and this year they would like to raise more than they ever have before.

Describing the event, Mr Carley said: “Players from all over the UK and even non-bowlers have taken part in the bowlathon to help with the fundraising.

“In the first year alone over 120 different people came and bowled for at least an hour.”

Those taking part can also join in the fun dress challenges. At 3pm the bowlers will wear football shirts and 1am sees the players wearing their favourite onsies, to highlight the fact they are all supposed to be tucked up in bed.

Mr Carley heard about a bowlathon fundraiser from a friend and decided to use the event to raise money for children’s charities, after his daughter was born seriously ill and only lived for two weeks.

He said: “The first year I had a team of 12 players doing all 24 hours. Last year I had a team of 24 players so you can see how the event has grown.

“The event takes a lot of organising but I get a lot of help from players all over the county and from afar.

“I hope to raise £3,000 at this year’s event. It seems a lot in just 24 hours but after raising £2,600 last year I feel it is achievable.”

Anybody who would like to take part can email Graham on or find him on Facebook, Graham Carley.

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The event starts at midday on Saturday.