Tennis tournament and auction raise cash to help Cardiomyothopy charity

Cardiomyopathy fundraiser at East Anglia Tennis and Squash Club

Cardiomyopathy fundraiser at East Anglia Tennis and Squash Club - Credit: Archant

A tennis tournament and auction has raised thousands of pounds for Cardiomyothopy UK.

Richard Marks, the Sheriff of Norwich, and Joel Rose, the chief executive of the charity, attended the event at the East Anglia Tennis and Squash Club.

It was organised by Vanessa Owen, from the Golden Triangle area of Norwich. A member at the tennis club, on Lime Tree Road, Ms Owen was inspired to raise money for Cardiomyothopy UK due to the support they gave her son, who has the condition.

She said: 'Three years ago he was seriously unwell for a short period of time and I contacted the charity as I was in dire need of support. They provided me with a support network and that is when I got involved and now I want to give something back.'

Local businesses donated 20 raffle prizes and 53 items to be auctioned.

These included vintage port, a champagne styling experience, Park Hotel vouchers, John Oliver vouchers and a Waveney River Centre day out.

In total, £3,724.39 was raised for the charity.

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The charity event was sponsored by Hatch Brenner Solicitors, and Roy Murphy from Keys conducted the auction for free.

Ms Owen added: 'I had a job to find volunteers as people realised how difficult it was going to be. I did it in eight months and had a wonderful treasurer and the club supported me – all of the money will go to the charity's general fund and support workers.'

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