Binfield couple's tournament nets £1,000 for charity

Published: 7 Jun 2013 11:300 comments

A NETBALL tournament held in memory of a four-year-old boy from Bracknell helped raise more than £1,000 for charity.

A NETBALL tournament held in memory of a four-year-old boy from Bracknell helped raise more than £1,000 for charity.

A total of 11 teams took part in the fifth renewal of the well-supported event on Sunday.

Sherrie and Paul Bennett, from Elizabeth Close, set themselves a £10,000 target following the death of their son Declan in 2010.

Mrs Bennett said: "It was a very successful event. We had so much feed back from players and visitors on how wonderful the day was.

"We want to say a huge thank you to all the local businesses in Bracknell and the surrounding area for their kind support and donations for raffle prizes.

"We also want to thank all the teams that took part and to all the volunteers that helped on the day."

There was also a barbecue, sponsored by Sytner BMW and Mini Sunningdale, a lucky dip for children and refreshment cakes on sale at Hall Grove School in Bagshot.

The top prize in the raffle was a lesson with European tour PGA golf professional Anthony Wells.

Mrs Bennett said: "Everyone said how beautiful the venue is and how well it was ran, so thanks to Michelle Riddy who was the main organiser of the event."

The winning team was Carlton who defeated Team Spirit in the final.

Mrs Bennett and her best friend Kylie Green also raised money when they took part in the Bupa London 10k on May 27.

The "exhausted" duo both managed to complete the course in a faster time than they were aiming for, breaking the one hour 20 minute barrier.

Mr and Mrs Bennett are raising the money for the Histiocytosis Research Trust, which aims to uncover the causes of Langerhan's Cell Histiocytosis and Haemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis.

In total, they have raised more than £9,400 through their Justgiving page.

To donate to the cause, visit http://www.justgiving.com/Sherrie-Bennett

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