Macmillan bowled over by £800 donation

23rd August 2018

Macmillan bowled over by £800 donation

A flat green bowling taster session staged in King’s Gardens, Southport, has helped raise £800 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Southport Flat Green Bowling Club and Club Member, Derek Maxwell, from Marshside, organised the fundraiser, which was open to members and anyone wanting to try their hand at the sport.

Derek, a retired pensions consultant, was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in 2015 –  a week before he was due to move from Derbyshire to Southport. Since then he has been, and continues to be, supported by the team at Macmillan’s Cancer Information and Support Centre on Stanley Street, Southport.

The 71-year-old, who is married with a son and two grandsons, said: “It was a fantastic afternoon and we had a great turn out. All six rinks of the public green were used by non-club members, who came along to support the event.

“A big thank you to all the club members, the general public for their support and generosity, and also an enormous thank you to Sooty’s Plants for their kind donation of plants, which helped raise £800 for Macmillan and the great work that they do.

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“I know that help is there from Macmillan Cancer Support, whenever it is needed. That is why I wanted to give something back by having an enjoyable afternoon playing flat green bowls, whilst at the same time raising valuable funds for such a worthwhile cause.”

During the day there was a tombola, entertainment from the Macmillan Singers, plant and cake stalls, which, along with donations, raised £800 for Macmillan.

Club member Derek and Vice President, Ray McManus, presented the cheque to Tanya Mulvey, Macmillan’s Information and Support Centre Manager in Southport.

Tanya added: “We are so grateful to Derek, Southport Flat Green Bowling Club and everyone who supported this fantastic fundraiser for Macmillan. The £800 raised will help us support local people affected by cancer and make a real difference to the lives of people living with cancer right across the North West.”

If you have any questions or concerns about cancer, contact Macmillan Cancer Information and support Centre on 01704 533024 or email