Members of the Preston Veterans Tennis Tournament presented a cheque for £750 to St Catherine’s at the Finals Day hosted by Broughton and District Tennis Club.
The tournament started as an open event in 1985, the three handicap events were added in 1995. St Catherine’s Hospice has been the sole beneficiary during the lifetime of the event benefiting by a total donation of more than £9,000.
The donation has increased over the past few year with the generous sponsorship of Michael Bailey of Bailey’s Financial Services and Guy Topping of Barton Grange Garden Centre.
The Vets Tournament was summed up very neatly by one finalist who said: “The Veterans Tournament is great fun and always played in a competitive, yet sportsmanlike atmosphere. Not only does the tournament make an annual donation to St Catherine’s, it provides an opportunity to meet players from other clubs for a friendly, yet competitive game of tennis.”
Emma Jacovelli, head of community engagement at the hospice, said: “We’re so incredibly grateful for the continued, wonderful support of the Preston Veterans Tennis Tournament which has raised a fantastic amount of money for our charity once again this year. We simply couldn’t continue to offer our specialist palliative and end-of-life care to local people here at the hospice, in the community and in people’s own homes, without such generosity from our supporters. We’d like to say a very special ‘thank you’ to everyone involved in the tournament for their fantastic fundraising efforts.”