More than 200 professionals from businesses across the South West took to the beach to smash their way to victory in the annual fundraising beach volleyball tournament organised by Battens Solicitors.
In what was a tightly contested competition, it was Parkers Estate Agents that finally won the crown, with Stratton Saxons as runners up.
Funds from entry fees and contributions from Battens Charitable Trust raised £1,000 for a local charity nominated by those that entered and chosen at random on the day.
“We asked each team to nominate a charity of their choice ahead of the tournament and placed the names in a hat,” explained Sarah Ford, from Battens Solicitors. “West Dorset Motor Neurone Disease Association, which was nominated by Team Spirare, was the charity drawn and it’s a great pleasure to be able to give them the £1,000 cheque.”
The cheque was presented by Sarah Ford at the Weymouth and Portland Chamber of Commerce monthly breakfast meeting held at Vaughan’s Bistro.
Louise Tattershall, director at Spirare said:
“We didn’t win all of our games, but we had a very enjoyable evening, as we always do at Battens’ events, but what made it even better was that our chosen charity became the event’s beneficiary this year. “
“West Dorset Motor Neurone Disease Association is a charity close to my heart; my mum was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in April 2014, and suffered terribly. It was heartbreaking for our family to watch and to not be able to do anything to help. It is fantastic that, through Spirare Ltd and Battens volleyball event, the West Dorset Motor Neurone Disease Association will receive more funds. We hope there will be a breakthrough for the disease sometime very soon.”
MND is a progressive neurological disease which leads to increasing weakness and, ultimately, death within three to five years of diagnosis. West Dorset MND Association provides support and advice to patients and their families and is one of 90 branches of the MND Association throughout the UK.
Richard Sloan, from West Dorset Motor Neurone Disease Association, said:
“We are delighted to be the beneficiary of the tournament’s £1,000 donation and will use the funds to help pay for the free advice from our trained volunteers and to fund specialist support for MND sufferers including computerised communication devices, grants for home alterations and holidays.”
To make a donation to MND visit mndassociation.org. For more information on Battens Charitable Trust or to make a donation please visit battens.co.uk/bct