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Tennis tournament raises over £1,500 for NSPCC Jersey

Wednesday 05 June 2019

Tennis tournament raises over £1,500 for NSPCC Jersey
Fundraisers have been battling it out on the tennis courts as part of an annual tennis tournament, raising money for NSPCC Jersey.

Dozens of players gathered under blue skies and sunshine at Caesarean Tennis Club for the event, which has been running for 13 years.

More than £1,500 was raised for the charity, based at the Gower Centre on Stopford Road, during the tournament, which was won by Karen Sinclair, with Henrietta Manton-Jones scooping second place.

In the tournament players were paired up with different partners throughout the afternoon for games of doubles, meaning that all of the participants faced each other.

The players would then receive a point for each victory they recorded, with the overall winner recording the most points.

During the course of the day there was also a raffle and a cake sale, as well as other activities for players and spectators to get involved in.

Since it started in 2006, the tournament has raised over £25,000 for NSPCC Jersey, and organiser Marj Rimeur says the work of the children’s charity is what continues to motivate her to arrange the contest every year.

She says: “The day went really well, although the weather was really hot for the players.

“It is a very worthwhile charity and that is why I do it, although each year I think ‘never again’.

“The amount we have been able to raise is incredible especially because it is such an amazing event.

“I have to thank the volunteers who have helped me to arrange the tournament as well as those who helped out on the day.”

Chair of the NSPCC Jersey Fundraising Committee, Nicola Santos-Costa added: “It was great to see so many people enjoying themselves on the tennis court whilst raising money for the children of Jersey.

“We were able to raise a superb amount and I must say thank you to everyone who was involved, from the players to the volunteers on the day.

“It is crucial we continue to fundraise as it helps change the lives of many children and young people who are living in Jersey.”

The NSPCC’s Gower Centre in Jersey provides the Letting the Future In service, which helps children who have been sexually abused rebuild their lives.

The charity’s Schools Service is also active on the island, and its Speak out Stay safe programme teaches children how to identify different types of abuse and who to talk to should they have a worry or concern.

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