Club nets over £12k for charity after 12-hour challenge
Farnham Netball Club has raised £12,230.93 for charity, after playing non-stop for 12 hours.
The club, which was established in 1976 and has three teams successfully playing in the local Wavell Invitation and Saturday Aldershot Garrison leagues, took on the grueling challenge in the searing heat on Sunday, 1 July for Mind and Tamba (Twins and Multiple Births Association), after two of its members experienced tragic losses last year.
In October, long-standing club member Tina Mumford, who lives in Aldershot, suffered the loss of her son Tom, after the 18-year-old sadly took his life following a long-term battle with mental health issues.
Just weeks later Sam Brennan, who lives in Ash and was pregnant with identical twins, tragically lost her boys Jack and Harley after being diagnosed and undergoing unsuccessful treatment for TTTS (Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome). The rare but life-threatening condition affects 10 to15 per cent of identical twins that share a placenta.
Twenty-eight teams from across the South East area played against Farnham’s two squads in the challenge that took place at St Nicholas’ School, Fleet, who generously donated their facilities for the day.
Sam Brennan (left) and Tina Mumford (right) Farnham successfully complete the gruelling 12-hour challenge
“It was fantastic to see so many people supporting the cause,” said Rebecca Wilson, who was instrumental in pulling the event together alongside Sam and Tina as well as club members Sara Green, Antonia Stadler, Jill Wilkinson and Lesley Whyte.
“We set ourselves the target to raise £2,500 to be shared equally by the two charities so are absolutely delighted to have literally smashed that goal! It was amazing to see the local netball community as well as over 300 friends and family come together in this way. We even welcomed back Margaret Smith-Gander on court who founded the club alongside Edwina Hunter over 42 years ago as well as former secretary Sue Baldwin and chair Barbara Mellish, who generously offered her support all day in between her playing stints.”
Keith Reed, CEO of Tamba, who came up from Southampton to play in the charity’s own team, said: “We are incredibly grateful to Sam and her netball club for choosing Tamba as co-recipient of the funds raised. It was a super day and we were proud to be able to share that with everyone who had given their time and money to help.”
Karen Bolton, Head of Community and Events fundraising for Mind, said: “We are tremendously grateful to Farnham Netball Club for choosing Mind as one of the charities to benefit from their epic challenge. Playing netball non-stop for 12 hours is not only an amazing achievement in itself, it's also a brilliant way to help break down the stigma that still surrounds mental health and highlight the positive impact physical activity can have on mental wellbeing. Every penny raised will fund Mind’s vital work including the Mind Infoline, our advice services and the campaigning the charity does to secure a better deal for the one in four of us who experience a mental health problem each year.”
Players and supporters were entertained by Jack Mason, who appeared on last year’s X Factor, and kept refreshed thanks to the BBQ supplied and managed by Aldershot’s Red Lion public house.
The club would like to thank all of the organisations and individuals who kindly donated amazing prizes and donations for the raffle and auction as well as those who provided cakes for the stand, which was expertly manned by the 1st Aldershot Guides.
For more information about Farnham Netball Club, visit www.farnhamnc.com
About Mind: Mind is the leading mental health charity in England and Wales. It provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem, as well as campaigning to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
Mind has a confidential information and support line, Mind Infoline, available on 0300 123 3393 (lines open 9am - 6pm, Monday – Friday)
For further information, please visit mind.org.uk
About Tamba: Tamba is the only UK-wide charity dedicated to improving the lives and well-being of families with twins, triplets or more. Representing 18,400 members and 150 local clubs in the UK, Tamba provides help and support to both parents and professionals to meet the unique challenges faced by multiple birth families.
For confidential and emotional support for families with multiples, please call Twinline which is staffed by trained volunteers that are parents of multiples and can offer support on sleeping feeding, crying, behaviour, discipline, school issues or special needs. It is free to call from a landline on 0800 138 0509 and is open every day from 10am–1pm and from 7pm–10pm.
For further information, please visit tamba.org.uk