Ron bowls BLG Mind over with fundraising drive

When Ron Phillips became president of the Beckenham, Bromley & District Bowling Association last year, one of his key duties was to organise a fundraising drive for a charity.

Ron was still deciding on which cause to choose when he and wife Beryl popped into the Beckenham Mind shop. He made some enquiries about local Mind services, and staff pointed the couple in the direction of the MindCare Dementia Support offices down the road.

There they met Bromley Dementia Services Manager, Saira Addison.

Ron, far right, with members of the Beckenham, Bromley & District Bowling Association, presenting a cheque to Bromley Dementia Services Manager Saira Addison, front

“I was so impressed by how enthusiastic Saira was and her passion for her work. She immediately took us on a tour of the premises and told us about all the fantastic things that go on there,” said Ron.

“Beryl and I are very lucky in that nobody in our family has been touched by dementia, but we have a friend who has recently been diagnosed. I decided there and then that we were going to support MindCare’s young onset dementia service. We hope that by supporting it, local people with dementia will be able to stay in their homes longer.”

During Ron’s 12-month tenure as bowling club president he came up with several clever ways to raise funds.

“As president you have to organise various things including taking the whole group away on tour, which was an ideal opportunity to raise money,” he said.

“I’d fine the others for silly things like forgetting their club tie or blazer. Throughout the year we also held raffles and I’d make appeals at local bowling clubs then pass the collection tin round. We also had a game where we placed a furry spider in the middle of the green and the person who got the ball closest to it was the winner. If you’ve got 50 people doing it for £1 a go, that’s £50 already.”

By the end of his presidency, Ron and bowling club members had raised a fantastic £2,650 for BLG Mind’s Young Onset Dementia Activitists’ Group (YODA).

BLG Mind fundraising manager Lucy said: “We can’t thank Ron and the Beckenham, Bromley and District Bowling Association enough for their amazing fundraising efforts.

“The YODA project was set up to provide invaluable support to local people under 65 with dementia, and their families. Although the pilot stage of the project had come to an end, because of their generous donations we can continue running the YODA peer support group and provide life-changing help for local people living with this devastating condition.”

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