Skittles marathon raises thousands for charity

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A group of tireless skittles players has just completed a 24-hour game.

The 25 players took part in the marathon event at The Horseshoe pub in Wilby to raise money for Prostaid, which helps prostate cancer sufferers in Northamptonshire, Rutland and Leicestershire.

The fundraising event started at midday on Saturday (March 30) and ended this afternoon with an auction and raffle.

The landlady at The Horseshoe, Eve Jackson, said: “One of our customers, Stuart Cheeseman, has prostate cancer and wanted to give something back to Prostaid to help local sufferers. We have two skittles teams at the pub and at first we wanted to get in the Guinness Book of Records for the longest game of skittles and then we thought we should do it for Prostaid.

“The support has been amazing. Bookers provided all the tea, coffee and cold drinks, South Lincs donated the burgers and chips, The Horseshoe at Sywell gave us food as well, and Harts brewery gave us a barrel of beer.

“The players are looking a bit haggard now but the support has been phenomenal. The Chamber of Commerce got involved, Santa Pod and The Castle theatre gave us tickets for the raffle, people made cakes. Once people knew about the event it just got bigger and bigger, and the pub was rammed last night.

“We just want to say thank you to everyone and let them know how much we appreciate their support.”

Mr Cheeseman said: “I’m losing my voice now and I’m looking forward to going home for a nice cup of tea; I’ve been up since eight o’clock on Saturday morning, but I’ve been overwhelmed by the support. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect this level of generosity. I’m very, very pleased.”

The event has raised more than £2,500 so far with another £1,000 expected once all the sponsorship money has been collected. People can still donate by visiting the pub. It is hoped to make the marathon skittles game an annual event.