Church goes snooker loopy for a good cause

Westborough Church snooker marathon Gordon Fishburn,Jeff Morehouse,and Rev Mark Haynes . pic Richard Ponter 150309
Westborough Church snooker marathon Gordon Fishburn,Jeff Morehouse,and Rev Mark Haynes . pic Richard Ponter 150309
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Westborough Church is set to host its annual snooker marathon in support of a major project by Christian Aid.

The event, which has taken place for the last 15 years, will be held on Friday January 30 and Saturday January 31, from 8am to 8pm on both days.

Around 30 people from local churches will form two teams to battle it out for the 2015 title.

The fundraiser will also feature a coffee morning from 10am to noon on the Saturday. Admission is £1.50 to include tea or coffee and biscuits - though additional donations of funds will be gratefully received.

There will also be a cake stall, tombola and a number of other stalls. People are also welcome to call in and watch the snooker and sponsor a team or player if they wish.

The event tends to raise around £2,500 each year and attracts players and spectators from across the Scarborough area and beyond.

Organiser Jeff Moorhouse said: “It’s a popular event and a great way to raise money.

“This year will be Mark Haynes’ last year as he’s moving to pastures new in the summer.

“For the last 10 years, his team has played my team and he’s not beaten me yet - thought we drew one year!

“He’s very keen on his sport, which makes for some good natured competition.”

This year the event will be played in memory of David Bridge, secretary of Scarborough Christian Aid, who passed away before Christmas and was a stalwart of the snooker marathon.

Jeff said: “It would be his wish for Christian Aid to do well at this event.”

All the money raised at the snooker marathon and coffee morning will go toward’s Christian Aid’s Christmas fundraiser, which started on November 7 and runs until February 6 in time for the match funding deadline.

The UK government has agreed to match pound for pound all the money raised up to a total of £5 million.

The charity is working to support a new maternal health scheme in Kenya and Malawi.

In that part of the world 40 women die every day in childbirth or from pregnancy-related difficulties.

The project will help provide training for health workers, more education and awareness and it will also focus on introducing ambulance services into remote communities.

It aims to provide more hope and support for women who are unprepared for childbirth and unsure how to look after their child.

Everyone is welcome to come along and support this important cause.