Friday, 15 December 2017

Girl’s 17 ten-pin bowling games for cancer charity

A TEENAGER raised more than £900 for Cancer Research by ten-pin bowling non-stop for three hours.

A TEENAGER raised more than £900 for Cancer Research by ten-pin bowling non-stop for three hours.

Carly Bushell, 13, of Noble Road, Henley, played the equivalent of 17 games back-to-back and knocked down 2,757 pins.

She organised the challenge at Wokingham Super Bowl because several members of her family have been treated for cancer.

Her 70-year-old father, Bruce, was diagnosed with bowel cancer two-and-a-half years ago and last year it was found to have spread to his liver.

He had two operations and a course of chemotherapy and is now in remission.

Carly, a pupil at Gillotts School, said: “Cancer Research is a charity which you could say is close to my heart.

“People have been very supportive. My fund-raising target was £350 and I never even thought I would get anywhere near that so I am highly surprised to get past the £900 mark.”

Carly began ten-pin bowling when she was five and since then has won more than 30 trophies. She plays in a junior league as well as an adult league with her parents and represents Berkshire.

She said: “Bowling is exciting, interesting and fun because you meet other people that like it for the same reasons. It’s good for socialising and is a friendly sport.”

Her mother, Natalie, 42, said: “We are so proud of Carly. She came up with the idea of doing a sponsored event, put it all in place and put the effort in to get sponsors.”

Mr Bushell added: “I am chuffed to bits that she did this.”

To make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/carly-bushel

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