Farnham Netball Club’s Tina Mumford and Sam Brennan have scooped a prestigious Wavell Invitation Netball League award, after their successful fundraiser netted £12,280 for charity.
The Maureen Butler Trophy was presented to the avid netballers who, supported by their team mates, played non-stop for 12 hours in July to raise vital funds for Mind and Tamba (Twins and Multiple Births Association), months after both experiencing tragic losses.
Last October, Tina, who lives in Aldershot, suffered the loss of her son Tom, after the 18-year-old sadly took his life following a long-term battle with mental health issues.
Just weeks later, Sam, who lives in Ash and was pregnant with identical twins, tragically lost her boys Jack and Harley after being diagnosed and undergoing unsuccessful treatment for TTTS (Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome). The rare but life-threatening condition affects 10 to15 per cent of identical twins that share a placenta.
The Wavell Invitation Netball League (WINL) decided to present its prestigious annual sportsmanship title to Tina and Sam after the committee had been ‘incredibly moved’ by their losses.
Chair of WINL, Sharon Moher, said: “Their club came up with a fantastic challenge of a 12-hour match to raise money and awareness for the relevant charities and in doing so raised the profile of netball in the South East with all different standards represented from back to netballers up to division one as well as men within the mixed teams.”
She added: “It was a complete success with a massive £12,280 raised and write ups in local papers and coverage on the radio stations.”
Twenty-eight teams from across the South East area played against Farnham’s two squads in the challenge that took place on 1 July at St Nicholas’ School, Fleet.
For more information about Farnham Netball Club, visit: www.farnhamnc.com
About Mind: Mind is the leading mental health charity in England and Wales. It provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem, as well as campaigning to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
Mind has a confidential information and support line, Mind Infoline, available on 0300 123 3393 (lines open 9am - 6pm, Monday – Friday)
For further information, please visit:mind.org.uk
Tamba is the only UK-wide charity dedicated to improving the lives and well-being of families with twins, triplets or more. Representing 18,400 members and 150 local clubs in the UK, Tamba provides help and support to both parents and professionals to meet the unique challenges faced by multiple birth families.
For confidential and emotional support for families with multiples, please call Twinline which is staffed by trained volunteers that are parents of multiples and can offer support on sleeping feeding, crying, behaviour, discipline, school issues or special needs. It is free to call from a landline on 0800 138 0509 and is open every day from 10am–1pm and from 7pm–10pm.
For further information, please visit: tamba.org.uk