Stowmarket residents try hand at kurling and boccia and raise money for charity

New age kurling in Stowmarket for charity. Left to right: Mike Hanner, Dawn Hart (BHF fundraising ma

New age kurling in Stowmarket for charity. Left to right: Mike Hanner, Dawn Hart (BHF fundraising manager), Wendy Atkins and Rosemary Freeman. Picture: FRESHFIELD - Credit: Archant

Residents in Stowmarket got the opportunity to try two adapted sports at a special event last week, while raising money for the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

The Oddfellows friendly society in Stowmarket staged the event where people could try their hand at new age kurling – a variation of original curling which can be played on any flat surface – and boccia, a more accessible form of bowls.

Instruction for the sports was given by event partners ActivLives at the Mix, Stowmarket, and £289 was raised for the BHF.

The event was part of the Oddfellows Healthy Hearts programme, which encourages members to exercise and be healthy, as well as raising funds for the BHF.

Katherine Stybelski, fundraising manager for the BHF, said: “It’s been great to get the backing of the Oddfellows and we hope people are inspired to take that all-important 10 minutes of activity each day.

“It really does make the difference in preventing and managing heart disease.”

David Randall, Oddfellows branch secretary, said: “If you’re looking to be more active in the community locally through fundraising or volunteering opportunities, or simply would like to meet new people while enjoying some fun activities along the way, then get in touch.

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“There’s a warm welcome guaranteed.”

To find out more about the Stowmarket branch of Oddfellows, call David on 01206 330962 or email david.randall@oddfellows.co.uk