Baston schoolgirl Sophie organises tennis tournament for Save the Children

Sophie Patman, 14, who is organising a tennis tournament at the club to raise money for Save The Children
Sophie Patman, 14, who is organising a tennis tournament at the club to raise money for Save The Children
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A SCHOOLGIRL has organised a family tennis tournament to raise funds for a children’s charity.

Sophie Patman, 14, of Hadrian Drive, Baston, will host the doubles tournament at Baston Tennis Club from 10am to 2pm on Sunday.

Entry to the tournament is £3 and all proceeds will go towards Save the Children.

Sophie, a pupil at Bourne Grammar School, decided to support the charity as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Award. She said: “I am doing this project for the voluntary section of my Duke of Edinburgh but also because I would like to make a difference to these children’s lives.

“In carrying out this tournament people from the village and surrounding areas get to come together, participate in sport and have fun for a good cause.

“Save the Children is a well-known charity that helped three million children alone in their health and hunger work in 2010.

“They run world-class programmes to save children’s lives and try to give children around the world a brighter future. Every amount of sponsorship they receive could benefit them and help to save lots of children’s lives, for example just £100 could help children suffering from floods in Pakistan.”

The tournament will be a fun day out for all the family. Anyone can enter to play a doubles game and there will be refreshments available on the day.

Sophie added: “The day will consist of a tournament for people of all age groups as a fun event and to encourage children to participate in a new sport. “There will also be an opportunity to measure the speed of your serve and prizes will be available for the fastest.

“All of the money raised will be donated to the charity and I have secured many great prizes for the event from local businesses.”

The fastest serve competition will cost 50p for three serves. Prizes have been donated by Bourne Salads, Universal Fitness Centre, Sainsbury’s and Tesco in Bourne, Baston Tennis Club, Baston Firework Committee and Simon Bentley, a coach at Deeping Tennis Club.

There is no need to book, just turn up on the day to take part.