Bearsden Tennis Club charity fundraiser

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Bearsden student Marie Berlouis organised a hugely successful charity tennis tournament in aid of First Aid Africa.

The tournament last Friday at Bearsden Lawn Tennis Club saw junior and senior members taking part in a series of matches for the charity which provides emergency first aid training to people across the African country. Marie who be heading to Malawi to work with the charity this June.

Marie with the help of her parents – Len and Fiona – and sister Katherine decided to hold the event to raise money after rearching the vital work done by the charity. Len is a past president at the club and was overwhelmed by the support from club members across the board.

Marie said: “I got involved through the University of Edinburgh society and felt it was extremely important, knowing the wide access to healthcare we have in this country, that others in underdeveloped countries are given at a least an opportunity to learn basic first aid and given access to rudimentary supplies.

“I was so grateful that the club supported this event and was deeply touched by all those who gave up their time to participate and contribute to this cause. ”

The charity event raised £255 which will help a team of first aiders to visit numerous rural African communities and deliver courses teaching life saving techniques.

The junior tournament was won by Owen Boyle. The adult event held over three hours saw some top class tennis played in the mixed doubles tournament.

Marie and her partner Davy Jones were the overall winners. The pair won 4-1 against club president Paul Thomson and his partner Emma Wright.

The successful event was staged just a week before the club hold their annual open day this Saturday and kicks off at 9.30am and runs until 4pm.

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