Bowled over by support as 12 hour ten-pin event raises over £3,000

The marathon ten-pin bowlers with Mayor Ian Selby.
The marathon ten-pin bowlers with Mayor Ian Selby.
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The organiser behind a 12 hour ten-pin bowling event at the weekend has thanked all the participants and businesses that helped them raise over £3,000 for Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

Grantham Bowl hosted nine teams of four as they settled in for a marathon of bowling, with the first pins tumbling at 11pm on Saturday and the last at 11am on Sunday.

The fund-raiser was the brainchild of bus driver Colin Haynes, who wanted to raise as much money as possible for Air Ambulance after seeing the great work that they do while on the road.

“It went really well - we raised a lot of money, and we are already looking into doing it again soon,” said Colin. “I want to say thank you to Grantham Bowl and all the businesses that donated raffle prizes and money. We’ve raised £2,900 so far and are still counting - it looks like it will be well over £3,000 in total.”

Colin also praised music acts Karen Guest, Aron Fender and Nick Brooks for keeping everyone entertained, especially when tired arms meant there were a few less strikes being scored towards the end. Gravity FM also attended and played music throughout the event.

Among those who took part was Robin Summerfield, who played 85 games during the 12 hours and posted this on his Facebook on Monday: “I am able to move today thanks to the aid of deep heat spray and pain killers ‪#‎neverbowlingagainokmaybenextweek”