Pool marathon raises £850 for family of injured Jamie

The pool players prepare for their marathon.
The pool players prepare for their marathon.

REGULARS at The Castlegate pub gave up their weekend to raise £850 to help a Grantham family.

The four-man team took part in a 24-hour sponsored pool tournament to raise the money to help the family of 20-year-old Jamie Bates who suffered serious head injuries in an accident last summer.

Charity buckets were passed around as the four - Kyle Snowden, Luke Short, Aide Rowarth and Paul Gwyther - kept potting while being sustained on coffee and energy drinks.

Meanwhile, Amanda Taylor Sharpe and Tina Rickett spent the night selling “Fight for Jamie” wrist bands.

Luke said: “Thank you to everyone involved. Jamie would be so proud that he is loved by so many people.”

The event is the latest fund-raising effort following on from a sponsored walk at Belvoir Castle and fund-raising football matches watched by hundreds.

A “No Boot, Boot Sale” is the next event planned to raise money and will be held at Grantham College refrectory on Saturday, March 12, between 10am and 2pm.

Marie Hanldey, one of the organisers, has been a friend of Jamie’s since they were at primary school.

She said: “At this difficult time we wanted to do something to show that we care and that we are there to offer what support we can.”

Tables cost £5 and admission is 50p. To book a table call 01476 572048. Raffle prizes are also needed in order to make the event a success.

“Fight for Jamie” wrist bands will also be on sale on the day