The Charity Challenge Simultaneous Pairs
The 2024 event will start on Monday 11 March and will be played on 12th, 13th, 14th &15th with different hands each night. (yes, we are totally batty I know).
This is because we want to maximise the funds raised - we have decided to go with two support Charities this year - Mind, that wonderful charity supporting people with mental health problems, and Macmillan Cancer Support ... the work they do is just amazing. Please help us raise lots of lovely funds for them.
About the event
The Charities for 2022 were Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie and it raised £10,040.84 which was divided between the two charities.
In 2021 you raised £6,294.84 for each of them - a stunning total of over twelve and half thousand pounds. Thank you. All. So so much.
The 2020 event - well it kicked off extraordinary year and was played just before the whole country went into lockdown and you joined us to raise money for RNLI, with a final cheque at the end for £5,595.88 and a total over the past three years of £17,349.05 for which they were more than grateful. Click here to see more about that
The past two years have seen charities receiving less and less as the pandemic has taken hold – many people of course have less disposable income and the charities themselves have found that many of their traditional avenues, such as the charity shops, street collections etc are unavailable to them. Which is why we ask you to donate, through our website, so that we can send as much as possible to the two named charities for 2021. We suggest a minimum of £3 per person but if you can make it a bit more please please do! And of course we welcome donations even if you are not able to play ! All the details regarding such payments are here. We know it is all complicated by COVID becuase very few (if any) clubs will be playing face-to-face, but we managed it very well with Children in Need, so please follow the same procedure as it is really difficult for the clubs to collect the funds to relay on to us so we are suggesting that players donate directly as you will see.
Clubs holding "open" heats
If your club isn't holding a heat or perhaps doesn't run online sessions at all, but you would like to play, we are delighted that other clubs have offered open heats - so please go along and register with them, then you can join us for the event! Click here for a list of these clubs - and if your club is happy to open its doors, please let me know and I will add you to the list - just give me a link and the day/time your heat will be.
Heats can be held on BBO, Bridge Club Live or RealBridge ... if you are a BCL club then please check with BCL but they have agreed to set it up which is marvellous !
Please, please join us if you can
These Charities both desperately need our help, and we would love to give them each a nice big cheque at the end !