Totally Tennis Holds A Socially Distanced Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning

Every penny raised will help Macmillan do whatever it takes to be there for people living with cancer and provide the support they need, right now.”

Our annual charity World’s Biggest Coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support may have been a little different this year but nonetheless we raised a respectable £104 for the cause.

This year’s socially distanced event took place on court for players in the adult Mixed Morning session. The players enjoyed the matchplay session followed by coffee and a choice of delicious cakes at the indoor courts.

The club has been a regular supporter of the annual coffee morning event for many years, raising money to donate to the charity which improves the lives of people and their families affected by cancer.

Tennis Director Nigel Long said, “I’d like to thank everyone for being so supportive in these difficult times. It’s great we’ve been able to keep some kind of normal!

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan Cancer Support’s biggest charity fundraising event raising money to enable the charity to provide practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care in this country. The 2020 pandemic has changed the way things are done but the charity asked people to hold small, socially distanced or virtual coffee mornings to keep this year’s campaign alive. The money raised at events like the coffee morning funds vital services and enables the charity to work alongside people affected by cancer and improve cancer care, making a real difference in people’s lives.

Coach Dom Gets Involved with Sport Relief

Coach Dom joined the team at Hampshire Court Spa & Leisure Sport Relief for their efforts to raise money for Sport Relief.

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The club’s Fitness Fiasco 3 event took place on Friday 13th March along with a charity bake sale. Sessions, which took place from 6am to the evening, included bootcamps, combat, spin, aqua sessions, yoga, dance, volleyball, zumba along with the tennis session with Dom.

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Sport Relief was created to harness the power of sport and raise money to help people who need it the most in the UK and around the world. Charities such as mental health, child poverty, domestic abuse and helping people have a safe place to live all benefit from the money raised. Since the last Sport Relief in 2018, £82 million has been invested to support people living incredibly tough lives in the UK and around the world.

Read more about Sport Relief HERE

 

 

The Macca Tournament

Head Coach James McIntosh is running the Virgin Money London Marathon to raise awareness and much needed funds for Pancreatic Cancer UK in memory of his father who sadly passed away from the disease just three weeks after diagnoses.

Although the marathon, which was supposed to take place on 26th April, has been postponed due to COVID-19 McIntosh will continue to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK and keep training. The marathon is now scheduled to take place on Sunday 4th October.

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Last Friday saw players gather together to compete in ‘The Macca’, an adult American doubles tournament to raise money towards McIntosh’s £2,500 target. The tournament was played in a round robin mixed doubles format where players are paired at random and rotate collecting games on the way. The event was won by Nick Pogmore who had the most games after the four rotations.

McIntosh said, “Thank you to everyone that came to the tournament on Friday and congratulations to Nick who won the event with the highest score over the four rounds.” he added, “It was a fun evening of tennis followed by drinks and we raised a total of £186 for Pancreatic Cancer UK.”

Read more about McIntosh’s Marathon story HERE

McIntosh Gains PB in Wokingham Half Marathon

Head coach James McIntosh achieved a PB (personal Best) of 1:24:42 in the Wokingham Half Marathon last weekend as he continues to train hard for the Virgin Money London Marathon on 26th April.

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McIntosh is running to raise awareness and much needed funds for Pancreatic Cancer UK in memory of his father who sadly passed away from the disease just three weeks after being diagnosed.

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An all day bake sale will be taking place at Totally Tennis this Friday (28th February) to raise money towards McIntosh’s £1,000 target.

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McIntosh said  “I still have plenty of training left to do. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far, I’m now at 26% of the target, please keep on donating.”

To donate please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/VirginMoneyLondonMarathon20202-JamesMcIntosh

Pancreatic cancer is a tough disease to diagnose, to treat, to research and even tougher to survive. For too long this disease has been sidelined, it’s important that everyone affected by it gets all the help they need. Pancreatic Cancer UK support those affected by the disease, investing in ground breaking research, lobbying for greater recognition of pancreatic cancer and being a voice for everyone involved in the fight.

Head Coach James will run the 2020 London Marathon

Head Coach James McIntosh will run the 2020 London Marathon in April in memory of his dad who sadly passed away in August 2018 after just three weeks of being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

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McIntosh will be running the marathon on Sunday 26th April in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK, a tough disease to diagnose, to treat, to research and even tougher to survive. For too long this disease has been sidelined, it’s important that everyone affected by it gets all the help they need. Pancreatic Cancer UK support those affected by the disease, investing in ground breaking research, lobbying for greater recognition of pancreatic cancer and being a voice for everyone involved in the fight.

With just over 100 days to go McIntosh’s marathon preparation have become and he’s on track after continuing his training from running the Oxford half marathon last October. He plans to introduce some longer runs shortly and will post training updates on his JustGiving page (linked below).

McIntosh said, “I am looking forward to running the London Marathon as it’s always been on my bucket list. I know the training will be hard but I am very motivated to do.” he added, “It’s a great test of character and fitness and I know after all the time spent playing and watching sports with my Dad that he would have fully supported me in this next challenge. I embrace this amazing opportunity and would love to raise as much  money as possible for Pancreatic Cancer UK in memory of my Dad.”

To find out more and to donate please visit McIntosh’s JustGiving page www.justgiving.com/fundraising/virginmoneylondonmarathon20202-jamesmcintosh

Read more about Pancreatic Cancer UK by clicking www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk

Christmas Jumper Week 2019

Coaches and players of all ages joined in with the club’s festive charity event ‘Christmas Jumper Week’ in support of Save The Children‘s now annual official Christmas Jumper Day that took place across the country on Friday 13th December.

5e9bf327-0ba4-48e2-aba5-1701cfed97fbDonations can STILL be made via the Totally Tennis Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day Just Giving page – click www.justgiving.com/fundraising/CJD190038133 to donate £2 (or more if you’re feeling generous) to help us reach our team target.

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Christmas Jumper Day raises money to help create a brighter future for children. Find out more about the Save The Children Christmas Jumper Day by clicking HERE. Every pound donated will give children in the UK and around the world the chance to grow up healthy and happy, so they can become who they want to be! Just £2 could pay for antibiotics for eight children suffering from pneumonia, one of the biggest killers of children, whilst £5 could provide a winter jacket for a child in Syria. Read more about Save The Children and how their annual Christmas Jumper Day campaign helps children HERE05adcb34-047f-484c-b014-2620b2f7bf46

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Official photos and additional info used with courtesy of savethechildren.org.uk/christmas-jumper-day

Totally Tennis Charity Pub Quiz Night

Thirty five players and their guests had a great evening at the Totally Tennis charity pub quiz night hosted by coach Steph at The Queen’s College Arms in Pamber End, Tadley on Friday evening.

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Along with the quiz and dinner there were tennis lessons, courts and sessions plus lots of festive prizes raffled off to raise money towards a defibrillator for the courts.

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Tennis Director Nigel Long, “I’d like to say a massive thank you to Steph for organising such a successful evening and to everyone that came for their fabulous support.”

Christmas Jumper Week 2019

The Totally Tennis festive charity event this year will be Christmas Jumper day to raise funds for Save The Children.  To coincide with the official ‘Christmas Jumper Day’ on Friday 13th December, players and coaches are encouraged to wear their festive jumpers in squads all week long from Monday 9th December onwards to give all squad players the chance to join in.

Donations can be made via the Totally Tennis Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day Just Giving page – click www.justgiving.com/fundraising/CJD190038133 to donate £2 (or more if you’re feeling generous) to help us reach our team target. Save the Children have also given us a personal QR code (see below)  – anyone who scans the code and then donates will contribute to our fundraising total. (Not sure how it works? Here’s a link to the handy guide on using QR codes claim.savethechildren.org.uk/guide. You will be billed £2 plus standard rate text message). Save the Children receive 100% of your donation.

Read the Privacy Policy  www.savethechildren.org.uk/privacy

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On Friday 13th December thousands of people up and down the UK will start their day by pulling on a Christmas jumper for a great cause – to help create a brighter future for children. Find out more about the Save The Children Christmas Jumper Day by clicking HERE

Every pound donated will give children in the UK and around the world the chance to grow up healthy and happy, so they can become who they want to be! Just £2 could pay for antibiotics for eight children suffering from pneumonia, one of the biggest killers of children, whilst £5 could provide a winter jacket for a child in Syria. Read more about Save The Children and how their annual Christmas Jumper Day campaign helps children HERE

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Official photos and additional info used with courtesy of savethechildren.org.uk/christmas-jumper-day

Fundraising Pub Quiz

Join the Totally Tennis team at the fundraising pub quiz on Friday 6th December at The Queen’s College Arms in Pamber End, Tadley.

Pit your wits against your fellow players to be crowned the winning team. All proceeds from the quiz and raffle will go towards purchasing a defibrillator for the indoor centre.

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Coach Steph, who is organising the event said, “We want to get a defibrillator for the courts due to the increased number of people playing and because so many people exercise in the park itself.”

Time: 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm)

Cost: £20 per person (includes dinner)

Team: Maximum of 6 players per team

All players (over 18) and their friends and family welcome. To sign up for the event telephone 01256 358816 or visit reception.

Half Marathon PB for Head Coach McIntosh in Oxford

Head Coach James McIntosh competed in the Virgin Sport Oxford Half Marathon at the weekend, running to raise money for the Alzheimers Society.

This was McIntosh’s second Oxford half marathon where he managed an impressive official race time of 1:26:25 bettering his previous time of 1:30:20, this was also a personal best despite the lashing rain. Overall he finished 267 out of 6,840 runners and 138 out of the 3,366 men competing in the race (31/568 males in the 30-34 age category). McIntosh has raised £355 (his target was £350) via his JustGiving page – click on the link in paragraph below to donate.

McIntosh said, “Thanks to everyone who donated on my Just Giving page to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society. Despite the rain I enjoyed the run and was happy to get a new PB!“

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The Alzheimer’s Society is a national charity that helps to create a better world for people affected by dementia and is transforming the landscape of the illness forever. Until the day a cure is found, the society offers those affected and their families, support and acceptance to help them live in the community without fear or prejudice.

Donations can be made via McIntosh’s Just Giving page by clicking HERE. Read more about the charity and its fundraising events here.

Well Done James!