Charity was the winner

On behalf of South Cliff and Westborough Methodist churches, may I publicly thank everyone who supported our recent sponsored Table Tennis Marathon which raised the fantastic sum of £2,405 for Scarborough Friends of Cancer Research UK.

The energy, enthusiasm and effort put into this fun event by the two dozen or so players (many of them in their 70s and 80s) had to be seen to be believed and whilst South Cliff Methodist Church took the silver trophy at the end of the 12-hour session the main winner, of course, was this worthwhile charity.

I also wish to pay tribute to one of the team members, cancer sufferer Eddie Cunningham who epitomised what this day was all about, having kindly agreed to officially open the event and hopefully play if he felt up to it (a picture and report appeared in the edition of Scarborough News, October 11, showing Eddie with bat in hand at the table ready for the opening).

Eddie, who played a significant role in helping to organise the first annual event in 2011, had struggled to enjoy the game in recent months, having undergone intensive chemotherapy treatment.

Sadly, however, when the big day arrived on October 20, he was too ill to attend and after spending the next two days in hospital he was admitted to St Catherine’s Hospice where he passed away peacefully on November 9.

I shall never forget his weakened voice on the phone that Saturday morning as he apologised for not being able to be with us. He clearly felt he was letting us down.

No way! As one of last year’s players he was the top individual fundraiser whilst this year he managed to raise almost £200.

Thank you Eddie for your help, support and friendship. You will be sadly missed by us all.

His funeral takes place at Scarborough Crematorium at 10.40am on Thursday November 22.

Roy Briggs