Knottingley club hands over £6k to charity

Rockware fundraiser Left to Right Bob Causier, Katrina Parker, Stacey Rhodes - Macmillan Cancer Support, Sally Baines and Frank Causier.
Rockware fundraiser Left to Right Bob Causier, Katrina Parker, Stacey Rhodes - Macmillan Cancer Support, Sally Baines and Frank Causier.
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A sporty club in Knottingley has handed over £6,000 to Macmillan Cancer Support following a series of energetic fundraising events.

Members of Rockware Stolzle Sports and Social Club, on Weeland Road, hosted a five-a-side football tournament, a cricket match, sponsored walks and a marathon snooker session to help raise money for a cause that is close to members’ hearts.

The 24-hour long snooker game raised £2,800 alone for Macmillan, who cared for club member Wayne Rhodes before he died in 2014.

Clubmen Dave Jewitt, James Nadin, Viv Arnold and Jim Barnaby played loads of frames and challenged all comers for charity.

They also had a carnival float in July, which netted £500.

The total sum was presented to Macmillan’s Stacey Rhodes Last Tuesday.

The club is known for its yearly fundraising activities. In the past members have drummed up funds for a guide dog and for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Stewardess Sally Baines said: “It’s something I’ve always done wherever I’ve been. We used to do it when I was at The Steam Packet in Knottingley about five-years-ago.”

Mrs Baines was amazed by how much they‘ve raised over the last few years.

She said: “We didn’t expect raising that much last year but we have exceeded this.”

Club secretary Mr Jewitt, who took part in the snooker event, added: “The fundraising all started off through Sally. She used to run The Steam Packet where she did a lot of charity events.

“It’s in her nature and she just carried it on. We did it for the air ambulance in 2012 and the guide dog in 2013”

The club has already begun helping its next charity, Martin House children’s hospice at Wetherby.