Merriott Bowls Club have been collecting cash for the League of Friends of Crewkerne Hospital. President of the bowling club, Nick Whitfield, decided to make the League of Friends his charity for the year, following an eight day stay in the hospital. The way that he was looked after by the staff at Crewkerne hospital while recovering from an operation to remove a brain tumour at Frenchay in Bristol, was described by Nick as “marvellous.”

Nick found a novel way of saying thank you that involved raising money from swearing. A system of fines was introduced with 50p for swearing on the bowling green, 20p for wearing incorrect clothing and 20p for using the wrong bias and sending the bowls in the wrong direction. The bowling season started at the end of May. Ron Bond, chairman of the League of Friends of Crewkerne Hospital, recently collected two boxes that were full with cash.

Merriott Bowls Club is keen to point out that they are not notorious for bad language and that most of the money came from members using the wrong bias on the green. Nick Whitfield said: “The biggest contributors were Ian Kendall and Maureen Allen with other members also topping up the collecting boxes with loose change from their pockets and purses.” The presentation of the collecting boxes to Ron Bond was made by Nick Whitfield and club captain Chris Truscott, during a match at Merriott Bowls Club at the end of last month.

The good news is that the collecting boxes have been returned to the club house for more cash to be raised for the League of Friends as the bowling season runs until the end of September. In addition, Nick will also hand over the money raised by a quiz and film show given by the Anoraks. The Anoraks are Merriott based film makers who are part of Crewkerne & District U3A. The final donation to the League of Friends of Crewkerne Hospital is expected to be more than £200.

Chairman Ron Bond said: “I am very grateful to Nick and the members of Merriott Bowls Club for their support and for finding such a novel way of raising funds.” Nick Whitfield said: “From my own experience, Crewkerne Hospital does a wonderful job and plays a vital part in our community. Our donations will go to benefit the hospital and the people of the town and surrounding villages who use it.”


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