Charity helps makes blind bowling event best ever

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A CHARITY which helps people with visual impairments has been able to invite more tenpin bowlers to a Sheffield event thanks to support from Westfield Health.

More than 60 bowlers will take to the lanes of Firth Park Bowling Centre, in Sheffield, for the British Tenpin Trios Championships, organised by British Blind Sport.

Players will also attend a celebratory dinner and awards ceremony at the city’s Copthorne Hotel, where teams will be presented with trophies and medals.

The event, on Saturday, is one of the highlights of the sporting calendar for British Blind Sport, a charity which enables blind and visually impaired people to take part in sport and recreational activities.

Westfield’s support has enabled British Blind Sport to invite more players than ever to compete and to stay at the hotel after the ceremony.

British Blind Sport chief executive Alaina MacGregor said: “The support given to our tenpin section from Westfield during the past 13 years has enabled many blind and visually impaired people to enjoy the sport.

“Being visually impaired can often lead to isolation and loneliness, but sporting events like this enable people to make friends and have fun, a benefit which cannot be underestimated. Westfield’s sponsorship has enabled the event to grow each year and we are looking forward to the camaraderie and friendly competitive spirit at this year’s event.”

Westfield Health chairman Graham Moore, who will present trophies to the winning teams, said: “Westfield is proud to be associated with such a worthwhile charity. I wish all the participants the very best of luck.”