Fundraising for The Daniel Wilkinson Foundation

You may have seen it in the news last week, the tragic story of a 24 year old footballer collapsing playing the sport he loved and sadly passing away.  He left behind a loving family who are devastated and shocked at his passing. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37367137

On Monday 12th September 2016 Dan was playing for Shaw Lane AFC in a cup tie at Brighouse Town FC when he suddenly collapsed, despite heroic efforts by medical staff from both teams along with paramedics, they were unable to save Dan.  He had an underlying heart condition called Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopath (AVRC), this is the same disease that caused former footballer Fabrice Muamba to retire in 2012 when he collapsed playing at Tottenham.   This is an inherited condition that causes the replacement of cardiac muscle with fibrous, fatty tissue, normally in the right side of the heart, it causes the walls in the heart chamber to become thin and stretched, impacting how the blood is pumped around the body causing abnormal heart rhythms.

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The Daniel Wilkinson Foundation has been set up to raise funds to save young sportsmen’s lives!  The foundation is supported by the FA and county FA’s, with every penny going towards screenings for footballers at all grass roots levels.  Money will also be provided to assist clubs in purchasing Defibrillators and providing training in CPR.

Below is a link to the justgiving crowdfunding page that has been set up if you would like to donate to this worthy cause.

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/danwilkinsonfoundation

Article written by: Alex Murray

 

‘Play The Snooker Professionals Charity Day’ – Sunday 27 September 2015

Saffron Snooker Club and local businessman Kevin Starr are proud to once again host the ‘Play the Snooker Professionals Charity Day’ in aid of the Ethan Rees Linwood Memorial Fund featuring World Snooker Professional Snooker Players Martin ‘the MOD’ O’Donnell and Allan ‘the Albino Assassin’ Taylor.

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Venue:                 Saffron Snooker Club, Saffron Walden, Essex. CB11 3AQ

Date:                    Sunday 27th September 2015

Time:                    1.00 pm – 6.00 pm

A unique opportunity for local snooker players of all abilities to play a frame of snooker against a World Snooker professional – or simply come along and watch – and support a great local charity.  You can turn up on the day or pre-book your frame by contacting Saffron Snooker Club on 01799 513094 or via email saffronsnookerclub@btconnect.com.

The cost per frame for Juniors is just a donation of £2.50 to the Charity, Adults is £5 donation per frame.

The event is open to all, don’t worry if you don’t have a snooker cue, we have one you can use.

On the day there will also be a raffle with top prizes, including a snooker cue signed by World Champion Stuart Bingham, tickets to a World Snooker ranking tournament, complimentary use of holiday chalet on the Norfolk coast for a week, free snooker coaching sessions, a Grey Palmer voucher, CD player donated by Goddards Electrical, a meal for two at Parrishes in Thaxted and much more.

A licensed bar, soft drinks, tea, coffee and food will be available all day.

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To find out more about the work of the Ethan Rees Linwood Memorial Fund please visit their website www.ethanrees.org or email them at enquiries@ethanrees.org

We hope that you can pop into Saffron Snooker Club and support this event.  If you would like to donate a raffle prize then please contact Kevin Starr on 07713-640265 or bring into Saffron Snooker Club either before or on the day – thank you!

To open and view/print a poster for this event please click here!

Final Chance To Win Masters Snooker All Day Tickets Ends This Sunday!

SWDSL Masters Tickets Charity Raffle
Entrants to pick a number(s) from a list held at Saffron Snooker Club at £2 per number.

The draw is for a chance to win one of two pairs of All Day Tickets worth a total of £80 to watch both the afternoon and evening sessions of the Masters Snooker Tournament at Alexandra Place on Monday 12 January 2015.  We have two pairs in total to raffle so there are two chances to win!

All proceeds from the raffle will be donated to a charity to be chosen by the winner of the Memorial Cup.  A random draw for the two pairs of tickets will take place on Sunday 21 December 2014 at Saffron Snooker Club.

Please contact Mark Cooper at Saffron Snooker Club to purchase your lucky numbers.  This raffle is open only to registered league members.

Good luck!

***21.12.14 – Congratulations to Mickey Cushion and Richard Livings who both won a pair of tickets***

Win Masters Snooker All Day Tickets – Monday 12 January 2015

SWDSL Masters Tickets Charity Raffle
Entrants to pick a number(s) from a list held at Saffron Snooker Club at £2 per number.

The draw is for a chance to win one of two pairs of All Day Tickets worth a total of £80 to watch both the afternoon and evening sessions of the Masters Snooker Tournament at Alexandra Place on Monday 12 January 2015.  We have two pairs in total to raffle so there are two chances to win!

A third pair of tickets will be auctioned off to the highest bidder at the Memorial Cup on Sunday 28 November 2014.

All proceeds from the raffle will be donated to a charity to be chosen by the winner of the Memorial Cup.  A random draw for the two pairs of tickets will take place on Sunday 21 December 2014 at Saffron Snooker Club.

Please contact Mark Cooper at Saffron Snooker Club to purchase your lucky numbers.  This raffle is open only to registered league members.

Good luck!

Fundraising to buy a GigerMD machine for the MSA Trust

A very good friend of mine Andrew Hulkes has in the past 12 months been diagnosed with MSA or Multiple System Atrophy. Here is his story and a link to his JustGiving Page. His fundraising so far has reached nearly £14,000 (as at 30 June 2014). Anything you could spare as a donation would be gratefully received not just by the MSA Trust and Andrew, but by the many other people who will benefit from the use of this machine in the future. This will benefit the people of Essex. Please pass this on to as many people as you can, if everyone donates just £1 I’m sure we can soon reach the magic target and start helping Andrew and others. Thank you, Peter.

Andrew’s Story
I am asking for your help to raise £25,000 that being the cost of buying, importing and installing a GigerMD in the UK and training staff to operate it. You don’t have to promise all of that yourself of course, but anything, anything at all that you can give would make a tremendous difference not only to me, but to anybody who has a neurological condition of any sort. And that’s an awful lot of people who would be immensely grateful to you.

I have developed a rare medical condition known as MSA – a neurodegenerative disease that medical science can’t yet cure, treat or even slow down. Basically, MSA just munches away at one’s nervous system until there is nothing left to munch. At which point, you lose. I have had symptoms for several years but have now reached the point where working is no longer feasible.

While medical science can’t cure MSA, the GigerMD machine helps the body to reassign healthy nerve tissue to replace tissues damaged or destroyed by accident or disease. It’s not a cure, because eventually the body runs out of healthy nerve tissue to convert, but it is a way of making the very best use of what one has. Stoke Mandeville Hospital have one of the only machines in the public domain in the UK, and their Clinical Director recently wrote to me to say: “we find the GIGER to be an extremely useful part of the ongoing maintenance for health for people with neurological disability.”

I mentioned the GigerMD to Benfleet Physiotherapy, the neuro-physiotherapy practice that I attend and they, having consulted with numerous senior practitioners, were very enthusiastic about the device. So much so they agreed that if we could raise the money to buy one, they would locate it within their practice and not only offer therapy to MSA sufferers free of charge, but also provide rehabilitation services to anyone suffering with a neurological condition.

Quite apart from the treatment angle, there is also the possibility that the data obtained from treatment would have a value in MSA research, an area that needs much more support.

This is probably the most cost effective project I’ve ever been involved with. We can make a real difference to the lives of people who, up until now, have only been told there’s nothing that can be done for them. That’s got be worthwhile.

Thank you,
Andrew Hulkes

‘Play The Snooker Professionals Charity Day’ – Sunday 23 March 2014

Building on the success of last years event where over £700 was raised, Saffron Snooker Club and local businessman Kevin Starr are proud to once again host the ‘Play the Snooker Professionals Charity Day’ in aid of the Ethan Rees Linwood Memorial Fund featuring World Snooker Professional Snooker Players Martin ‘the MOD’ O’Donnell and Allan ‘the Albino Assassin’ Taylor.

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Venue:                 Saffron Snooker Club, Saffron Walden, Essex. CB11 3AQ

Date:                    Sunday 23rd March 2014

Time:                    1.00 pm – 6.00 pm

A unique opportunity for local snooker players of all abilities to play a handicapped frame of snooker against a World Snooker professional – or simply come along and watch – and support a great local charity.  You can turn up on the day or pre-book your frame by contacting Saffron Snooker Club on 01799 513094 or via email saffronsnookerclub@btconnect.com.

The cost per frame for Juniors is just a donation of £2 to the Charity, Adults is £5 donation per frame.

The event is open to all, don’t worry if you don’t have a snooker cue, we have one you can use.

To add a bit of spice this year, all challengers will be given a handicap when they play the professionals based on their highest break.  Anyone that beats the pros will go into a draw at the end of the day for the chance to win a cash prize of £50!

On the day there will also be a raffle with top prizes, including tickets to a World Snooker tournament, complimentary use of holiday chalet on the Norfolk coast for a week, free snooker coaching sessions,  snooker related prizes and much more.

The pros will be playing between 1.00 and 3.00 and again between 4.00 and 6.00.  In between there will be some fun ‘pay and play’ competitions (clear the colours in the fastest time – that sort of thing), and of course the draw for the raffle prizes.

A licensed bar, soft drinks, tea, coffee and food will be available all day.

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To find out more about the work of the Ethan Rees Linwood Memorial Fund please visit their website www.ethanrees.org or email them at enquiries@ethanrees.org

We hope that you can pop into Saffron Snooker Club and support this event.  If you would like to donate a raffle prize then please contact Kevin Starr on 07713-640265 or bring into Saffron Snooker Club either before or on the day – thank you!

To open and view/print a poster for this event please click here!

Juniors Snooker Open Day At Saffron Snooker Club – Sunday 12 January 2014

To encourage the next generation of snooker players, Saffron Snooker Club will be holding a free Open Day for Junior Snooker this Sunday 12 January 2014 between 11am and 5pm for all budding young snooker players to come along a try the sport for the first time in a friendly and family orientated environment.  An EASB qualified snooker coach (Russell Huxter) and two current world snooker professionals (Allan Taylor and Martin O’Donnell) will be on hand to help give guidance with basic technique and explain the rules.  All equipment is provided by the club, you only need to bring yourself!

Please see poster below for further details which appeared in this week’s Walden Local newspaper, or alternatively you can contact Mark Cooper on 01799-513094 or via email saffronsnookerclub@btconnect.com.

The club has an excellent bar area where parents can sit and relax and enjoy either a beer, glass of wine or a selection of soft or hot drinks whilst the juniors are on the green baize.  Food is also available.  The address for Saffron Snooker Club is 2 Shire Hill, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 3AQ.  We hope to see you on Sunday!

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Please Support Our League Secretary/Treasurer Peter Saville During January Who Is Fund Raising For Cancer Research UK

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This January I’m taking on Dryathlon® and raising money for Cancer Research UK.  I’ll be ditching the drink for one month to help bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.  My fundraising has been given a massive boost of £132.00 thanks to Mark Halls and Ben Westwood who chose Cancer Research UK as the charity to receive the proceeds of the SWDSL Christmas Charity Raffle.

To help me support this great cause, please sponsor me by either texting SAVS74 £1 to 70070 or by visiting my fundraising page http://www.justgiving.com/petersaville-dryathlete

And don’t forget to claim Gift Aid to increase your donation by 25%, at no extra cost to you. Thank you!

Peter Saville

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‘Play The Professionals’ Snooker Day in aid of the Ethan Rees Linwood Memorial Fund

‘Play the Professionals’ Snooker Day in aid of the Ethan Rees Linwood Memorial Fund

Featuring former UK amateur captain Martin ‘the MO’D’ O’Donnell and Hexagon Invitational winner Allan ‘the Albino Assassin’ Taylor.

Venue:                 Saffron Snooker Club

Date:                     Sunday 12th May 2013

Time:                    1.00 pm – 7.30 pm

A unique opportunity for local players to play against up and coming professionals – or simply come along and watch – and support a great local charity. Pre-book your frame by contacting the Saffron Snooker Club: Tel: 01799 513094 or email: saffronsnookerclub@btconnect.com.   Cost per frame is just a £5 donation to the charity!

Raffle with top prizes, including: Cue signed by world number 8, Stuart Bingham: Complimentary use of holiday chalet on the Norfolk coast for a week; £100 cash prize; free snooker coaching sessions and many more.

Licensed bar and food available all day.

To find out more about the work of the Ethan Rees Linwood Memorial Fund please visit their website http://www.ethanrees.org or email them at enquiries@ethanrees.org

Update 19 May 2013 – Thank you to all those who supported the event.  Over £700 was raised!