Leighton Buzzard Bowls Club has shown it has a heart by raising money for Luton and Dunstable Hospital’s Cardiac Unit.
Each year the president of the club chooses a charity and last season it was chosen by the then president, Roger Clarke, after his wife Maureen had a heart attack.
Roger said that he and Maureen are very grateful to the staff of the unit and were only too happy to help raise money for them. He presented the cheque for £452.96 to operational leader cardiology Joanne James.
Speaking after the presentation, Roger said that he was also inspired by his friend and mentor Harold Gibson, who died a short while ago. Harold had a heart attack some years ago and following successful surgery founded Zippers, a nationwide bowls club of people who underwent heart surgery.
They raise money for cardiac units around the country by playing bowls at clubs all over England. Harold was a life-time member of Leighton Buzzard Bowls Club and so Leighton became the spiritual home of the Zippers. To date Zippers have raised over £2,000.