Granthamians take a strike against child sexual abuse

Participants in the 12-hour bowlathon - Joanne Leese, Lauren May, Vicki Towning, Abbie Ashil, Ellie-Mae Clarke, Susan Fish, Elvis Stooke and Martin Carter.

Participants in the 12-hour bowlathon - Joanne Leese, Lauren May, Vicki Towning, Abbie Ashil, Ellie-Mae Clarke, Susan Fish, Elvis Stooke and Martin Carter.

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A sponsored 12-hour bowlathon has so far raised over £500 for the National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC).

The fund-raising was organised by former victim Susan Fish, who has spoken out about the sexual abuse she suffered from the age of six in order to help raise awareness and funds for the charity.

Lauren May.

Lauren May.

On Saturday she was joined by a group of friends as they began a mammoth 12-hour bowlathon at Grantham Bowl, starting at 8pm and continuiing through the night until 8am on Sunday.

“It was a great night and I really enjoyed it. Still aching loads though!” said Susan.

“I want to say thank you for all the support we’ve received and to those who took part,” she added.

Although she admitted that she would have liked to get a few more strikes over the 12 hours, she is delighted that sponsorship for the bowlathon has raised £532 so far for NAPAC.

Also feeling it on Sunday morning after all that bowling, were Martin Carter, Joanne Lees, Elvis Stooke, Lauren May, Vicki Towning, Abbie Ashil and Elle-Mae Clarke.

This latest fund-raising event follows Susan’s sponsored skydive in April, which saw her raise £455 for NAPAC.

She is planning to continue her money raising efforts for the charity, including by doing another skydive.

NAPAC supported Susan when she decided to speak out about the abuse she suffered up until the age of 12.

“I didn’t talk about it for 34 years. As well as the sexual abuse, I suffered afterwards from PTSD. I want to do this for other survivors who have suffered in silence for years, and to let them know about the support offered by NAPAC. Not many people know about what they do.”

NAPAC runs a free support line staffed by trained volunteers. There are also regular support groups all across the country, and NAPAC can provide victims with details of counsellors nearby who specialise in childhood abuse cases.

NAPAC’s support line, which is free on all landlines and mobiles, is 0808 801 0331. Visit www.napac.org.uk