Funding boost for Gainsborough's Riverside Indoor Bowls Club

Charities in Gainsborough have received a cash boost thanks to a family-run business.
Iris Mallen, Darron Childs and Linda GrocockIris Mallen, Darron Childs and Linda Grocock
Iris Mallen, Darron Childs and Linda Grocock

The Darron Childs Practice (DCP) has raised thousands of pounds for charitable causes over the last ten years involving a diverse range of sponsored activities such as a sky-dive, the Ten Tors challenge, and a series of mountain, moors, peaks and dales walks including The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, which took place last September.

And now the business has presented £1,000 to the Riverside Indoor Bowls Club (RIBs) based in Gainsborough.

Part of the money was raised at a charity slide show and night of nostalgia at The Blues Club organised by Darron and Thelma Childs in April last year and they dedicated the event to former well-known nurse, Phyllis Peart.

Darron Childs has paid tribute to the trustees of RIBS and their supporters, especially those who have been directly affected by the effects of Covid-19, including good friend and supporter, the late Jim Allsop, and Roy Enever, who were tireless in their efforts to establish a community indoor bowls facility since they lost their battle to keep their long-standing home at Gainsborough’s West Lindsey Leisure Centre.

Darron has presented the funding to RIBs trustees Iris Mallen and Linda Grocock.

Darron said: “Covid-19 has been a significant setback to all charities and the entire sports community.

“Despite this, Iris and Linda remain hopeful that a solution for their future ambitious plans can hopefully be found in the not-too-distant future.

Richard Kane of The Gainsborough Trinity Foundation is also keen to support, as part of an initiative to establish a new community sports hub at the former Roses Sports ground.

Richard said: “The Foundation is pleased to work alongside RIBs in their quest to try and find them a new home.”

On behalf of all the trustees at RIBs, Linda and Iris wished to express their thanks to all supporters and fundraisers in the community.

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