Friends of St Monica’s Bowl Them Over in Huby

9th November 2021

Bowls balls on bowling green

Huby Bowls Club is the latest local organisation to get vital financial support from the Friends of St Monica’s Hospital (FOSMH). The club, which provides a much-needed opportunity for older people to take part in gentle but stimulating physical activity, has been awarded a FOSMH grant to help purchase an electricity generator.

The club were in danger of literally “being left in the dark” when its electricity supply was to be lost with the demolition of the local Playing Fields clubhouse. Providing carpet bowling as well as on grass, fundraising for a generator has become vital and so FOSMH stepped in.

Chair of FOSMH Grants Committee, Dr Ian Jackson, said:

“The opportunity for senior citizens to exercise is critical to health and wellbeing, and it’s clear that the Huby community will benefit from the Bowls Club. It has the bonus of bringing people together in a social setting, vital for positive mental health.

FOSMH are committed to helping maintain and improve the health of local people and this is a further example of how we can do this in a practical manner.”

Huby Bowls Club Secretary, Freddie Alnutt, commented:

“The club is the social hub for many older people living in the village, providing a vital opportunity for outdoor physical activity. Back in the summer we were made aware of the impending demolition of the Huby Sports Clubhouse which would result in the disconnection of utilities to our pavilion. As a replacement electricity supply was far too costly, we concluded that a generator was the only option, but one we could still not afford without grant funding.

The FOSMH grant has given us fresh hope that we will be able to pull a package of funding together that will enable us to purchase the generator and continue to play bowls well into the future. We give our thanks to the Friends of St Monica’s Hospital for this generous and vital support”

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