IT was a fund-raising event with a difference, when more than £2,000 was raised from Lancing’s first shuffleboard Olympics.
Held on Saturday, March 17, at Lancing Parish Hall, in South Street, the event was described as the most successful the Lancing and Sompting Lions had organised in recent years, after it raised an impressive £2,500 to be split among several charities and the group.
The event featured 36 teams, each representing a country from the Olympics, who all battled it out for first place.
In the end, China, represented by Gwen and Ron Dearling and Sheila Clemens, came away with the gold and they were each presented with medals, bottles of wine, and given £50 each to donate to a charity of their choice.
The event was organised by Lancing and Sompting Lions member Tinia Lewis and the £2,500 raised on the day was split between Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice, St Barnabas House Hospice, the Big Smile Project and the Lancing and Sompting Lions.
Lancing and Sompting Lions president Christine Weller said the event was one of the most successful in recent memory.
She added: “We were thrilled with it. I don’t think we’ve made that much money from one event and if we have it was in the past. It was down to the support we got from local businesses and the people of Lancing.”
The shuffleboard Olympics was not the only fund-raising event on the day.
There was also an auction and silent auction, which had lots donated by local businesses.
Other highlights included a wheel of fortune, a tombola, and a raffle for bottles of champagne.