Jean Receives Prestigious County Bowls Loyalty Award
Congratulations Jean Taylor (second left) from Cheam Fields Bowls, the proud recipient of a prestigious Surrey County Women's Bowling Association 'Loyal Service Award' for exceptional service, presented to her at Cheam Fields by county representatives. The award recognizes the many years of loyal service Jean has given to Cheam Fields and the game of Bowls.
Charity Run for Jackie Raises £3,000!
Sunday 12th July marked an extremely special day for Club Chairman Adrian Butler (pictured) who along with Club Member Annie Mackenzie joined three friends - and 20,000 other runners - to tackle the ups and downs of the 10km British London Run. The group’s magnificent efforts raised a fantastic £3,000 for the Macular Society, a charity that is very close to all of their hearts.
The five friends ran in memory of Adrian's wife Jackie. She had dealt with macular disease for most of her life but it was a challenge she met head on - by supporting other people. She was a prolific fundraiser for the Macular Society and ran regularly, raising money along the way.
‘Team Jackie’ all made it to the finish. “We ran separately but met up to cross the line together - that was a proud moment for all of us,” says Adrian.
“Our route sounds like the Monopoly board! We ran from Piccadilly, down Pall Mall, onto Haymarket, Regent Street, Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross Road, The Strand and then finished at Whitehall - near to Downing Street. Highlights were the thousands of spectators cheering us on - and also seeing Central London with no cars on the roads!
“I do a bit of running - maybe two or three miles here or there - but not usually this far! And Annie has never run before! But we made it to the finish - and achieved our goals. Most importantly, we wanted to complete the run for Jackie - and continue with her amazing fund-raising achievements."
Diane's Incredible Journey
Having just completed a marathon charity trek, and helped to raise an amazing £2,500 for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, Tennis member Diane Foster has certainly clocked up the extra miles to help others.
Diane completed the 26-mile South Downs Trekathon event on 16 May. She walked from Lewes in Sussex to Beachy Head near Eastbourne, alongside six other friends. The aptly named ‘Foster’s Six Pack’ group also included Cheam Fields Club member Mary Langan.
“I wanted to raise money for a charity which is very close to my heart,” says Diane. “A special friend died of cancer, she was only 49 years old, and her family and friends have nothing but praise for the treatment and care she received at The Royal Marsden.
“I also received treatment there in 2014 and was recently given the all clear with requirements for ongoing annual checks. It was very reassuring to know it is the BEST place for expertise and research.”
In the lead up to achieving the distance, Diane walked between 8 and 10 miles every Saturday, in all weathers, putting in the miles on Box Hill’s hilly terrain. Even on a family holiday to St Lucia, Diane and her husband John (pictured above) climbed Gros Piton, one of the island’s famous volcanic spires - no mean feat at 771 metres!
“The Trekathon itself was an amazing experience,” says Diane. “My best memories are arriving for a 6am start in the mist, then warm weather at Alfriston (time for an ice-cream), and blue skies by the time we reached the chalk cliffs of the Seven Sisters.
“Making it to the finish was such a great feeling. It’s both rewarding and inspiring to help others and I’m very grateful to everyone who supported. It’s certainly amazing what you can achieve if you train and set yourself a goal.”