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The next event will be run over five days starting on Monday 27th January 2020. So events will be played on Monday 27th, Tuesday 28th, Wednesday 29th, and we will combine Thursday 30th and Friday 31st. Once again we have commentaries for each day to add to the enjoyment and these will be posted on the site when the frequencies go live - this is the day after the event as we are sometimes joined by clubs in the US. Following an email we have received from UNICEF (shown below) this year we will be raising funds for the children suffering in the Yemen.

This is strictly a "fun" event

there are no prizes, no master points, no printed booklets. There is no specific entry fee either we simply ask players to give what they can. So it is just a chance to play a set of hands and see how you did across the field, and hopefully to have an enjoyable evening while raising money for Charity. Of course clubs may award their normal master points for their heat.

We don't mind what time of day (or night!) you play - the hands are different, so all we ask is that you observe reasonable security and please don't publish the hands on your own website until the frequencies have gone "live" on the ECatsBridge site.

Please join us if you can - just email us .. we need your name, the name of the club and the country, which day you want to play and the email address to send the hands to. Please please join us if you can!

How to send in your donation after the event

Click here to find out how to pay in your donation after the event (please do so as quickly as you can)

This is the plea we have had from UNICEF who were our Charity in 2019 - the total sent to them was £7,716.51

Dear Anna

We have not met before but I know that your company has given very generously to Unicef UK recently. We are currently reaching out to all of our current and recent corporate supporters with an urgent ask around Yemen and we’re hoping that you may once again be able to offer support.

Yemen childrenYou may already be aware, but there are over 400,000 severely malnourished children in need of urgent lifesaving assistance in Yemen. The population in need is 22.2 million, or three quarters of Yemen’s population and the number of children in need is 11.3 million – nearly every child in Yemen. The country is on the brink of famine and children’s chances of survival are becoming slimmer by the day. We are working with partners around-the clock to save children suffering from malnutrition and disease. UNICEF is already working to reach:


  • 275,000 malnourished children with critical life-saving supplies and care
  • Over 5 million people with safe and clean water to stop the spread of life-threatening diseases
  • Nearly 1 million children with vaccines and healthcare
  • 9 million people with emergency cash assistance to help families buy basic commodities so they can survive

Please please give as generously as you can !

This event was started in 2001, following the Tsunami in Asia, and has raised a great deal of money, for that, for the Pakistan Earthquake, where the money raised was used to build a new school, and more recently for UNICEF. In 2010 we directed the funds to the Haiti Earthquake appeal and the 2014 Appeal was for the Philippines disaster and the 2015 raised money for those affected by the Nepal Earthquake. 2016 also raised funds for Syrian refugee children.

Click here to find out how it all works

Funds raised to date from this event

January Charity event  Amount Raised  Year
DEC Tsunami appeal  £      48,552.00 2005
Citizens Foundation Earthquake appeal  £         3,300.00 2006
Pakistan School Foundation  £         8,622.07 2007
UNICEF  £       4,216.00 2008
UNICEF  £         4,612.88 2009
UNICEF for Haiti Fund  £      22,180.00 2010
UNICEF  £         4,967.55 2011
UNICEF  £         4,500.00 2013
DEC for Philippine Disaster   £      11,335.13 2014
DEC for Ebola Crisis  £         6,490.00 2015
UNICEF & Save the Childen for Syria  £         9,366.00 2017
UNICEF  £         4,069.66 2018
UNICEF for Children of Yemen  £         7,716.51 2019
Total raised to date  £    139,927.80