Saturday, 16 December 2017

Women tennis players net £3,500 for hospice charity

A TENNIS tournament held in Sonning Common raised more than £3,500 for charity.

A TENNIS tournament held in Sonning Common raised more than £3,500 for charity.

Annie Abbey-Quinn, of Blackmore Lane, hosted the doubles competition for 90 women in aid of the Sue Ryder hospice at Nettlebed.

Matches took place on the tennis court in her garden and at six others belonging to neighbours. Ms Abbey-Quinn’s home was also used to set up stalls selling clothes, handbags, scarves, jewellery, summer accessories, tennis gear, white linens and scented candles.

The women enjoyed a two-course lunch provided by Jo Roberts, from Wargrave, with a glass of wine and there was a raffle and a silent auction to win three tickets to the Queen’s Club Championships.

After lunch the winning couples on each court were presented with medals.

Ms Abbey-Quinn, a volunteer for the charity, said: “There was a fabulous atmosphere and everyone was very relaxed having their lunch on the lawn. We had brilliant weather and couldn’t have asked for a better day.”

Emma Harpaul, regional fund-raiser for Sue Ryder, said: “It means such a lot to have such strong support from the local community. Thank you so much to all the ladies.”

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