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Twenty two centuries for Captain Tom, Roy Payton and Dementia UK

Heavy showers could not dampen the spirit of Gildredge Park Bowls Club on Saturday 1st May. Members lined up with a target of bowling 100 bowls each over 25 ends as part of the national Captain Tom 100 challange, and to support Roller Roy Payton's fund-raising for Dementia UK.

George Murray did a fantastic job in organising the event. George reports "we collectively bowled 2250 bowls, walked 18 kilometres, moved 3.1 tons in weight and played for 91 hours - a great achievement. Thanks to all who participated and to non playing members and friends who donated to Dementia UK. Donations at the event are approaching £500."

To appreciate the physical effort involved, 3.1 tons is equivalent to the weight of two full-grown African hippopotamuses, which is a good comparison given the wet weather!

You can still donate to support Roy Payton at

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