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Cash rolling in after bowls win

Janice Gower and Australia's Karen Murphy with their winning cheque after victory in the charity pairs match at the World Indoor Bowls Championships.

Janice Gower and Australia's Karen Murphy with their winning cheque after victory in the charity pairs match at the World Indoor Bowls Championships.

A Lancaster lady has been raising money for the Save Our Hospice campaign while playing at the World Indoor Bowls Championships.

Galgate’s Janice Gower took part in a charity pairs match ahead of the main tournament kicking off and picked up a cheque for £500 after coming out victorious with Australia’s Karen Murphy at Potters Leisure Resort in Great Yarmouth.

And when asked to nominate a charity, Janice says she thought of a big figure in the district bowls scene.

The England international bowler said: “The reason I chose St John’s Hospice was in memory of local bowler Bill Atkinson who recently passed away.

“National charities are absolutely fantastic but I’m a home grown girl and I wanted to choose something that meant something to me.”

There was also a collection in the crowd which could see the total raised get near the £1,000 mark with Lancaster and Morecambe Newspapers hoping to raise £500,000 over the next year to help preserve the future of the charity for future generations.

The match last Thursday, January 16, pitted the two ladies against a couple of the best men in the world, Paul Foster MBE and Alex Marshall MBE, after being hastily arranged to fill a gap in the schedule.

The top-quality contest was played in a good spirit with Janice admitting it was one of the more memorable matches she’s ever been involved in.

She said: “The charity match is something I’ll never forget.

“I played with the best female player in the world and against arguably two of the best male players.

“And then to go on and beat them was fantastic especially with the experience being for such a good cause.”

 

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