More than £1000 raised for charity in memory of late badminton player
We are delighted to announce that we have raised a huge £1,181.57 for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) as part of our tournament in memory of our friend Mark Hill, who sadly and suddenly passed away in October 2019.
Owen Devine, Chair of Southsea Badminton Club (SBC) said: “Mark was a much-loved and respected member of the Portsmouth badminton community, playing at clubs, in tournaments and other sessions across the city.
“He was widely thought of as a friendly, inclusive and warm player on and off court and has been greatly missed.”
Mark Hill Memorial Tournament
Southsea Badminton Club wanted to bring the community together to raise money in Mark’s memory, in the form of a one-off tournament similar to those that he so often played in.
45 players old and new came together on Saturday 18 November to play in a fun, competitive tournament organised by the SBC committee. There were Women’s, Mixed and Open events, the results of which are below:
|Winners: Tegan Thompson & Maisie Marriott
|Winners: Danielle Todd & Toby Brazier
|Winners: Ben Muir & Darren Chai
|Runners-up: Gillian Tetlow & Danielle Todd
|Runners-up: Tegan Thompson & Matt Ellis
|Runners-up: Matt Ellis & Thomas Searle
A grand total of £1,181.75 raised for charity
SBC raised and donated £565.75 directly to BHF from player entry fees from the tournament and on the day donations, in addition to donating our volunteer time and the cost of the shuttles during the day. We’re also grateful to the sponsors of the tournament whose generous support helped us maximise the money raised:
- BH Live and Portsmouth City Council for arranging a charitable rate on the hall hire
- MRM Speaker and Lighting Hire for the use of a PA
- Goulds Jewellers for donating engraved medals and trophies to the winners
The Portsmouth and Havant Badminton Association also donated £250 directly to the BHF in Mark’s name.
Many other supporters donated via our JustGiving page, adding £370 to the total.
Thank you to the entire badminton community for making this event and fundraiser a success. We hope we did Mark proud.