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Archers hit target for Pilgrims

Posted on 8 April 2013

Archers from the Castle, Moat and Folkestone Bowmen have been taking part in the Frostbite Award for longbow archers during the past few months and on Sunday (7th April) the £300 worth of entry fees were donated to Pilgrims Hospices.

Colin Jeffreys from Folkestone, organiser of the competition, explained: “There are few competitions for longbow archers over the winter months so I was asked to arrange this tournament. As my mother and father-in-law had both been in the hospice in Ashford, I agreed to run it provided everyone paid to enter, with the fee going to Pilgrims. I received a lot of support and the archers added the proceeds of the Gold Sweep to the total.”

The friendly competition gave archers who do not normally shoot longbow an opportunity to try it out. This included the chairman of the bowmen, Pete Maddox.

“The winner was Grahame Andrews with Chris Clarke and Bob Gawler coming second and third respectively.

Deirdre Mewse, Pilgrims fundraising assistant, presented winners with their medals at Folkestone School for Girls on Sunday.

She said: “It was a delight to come along on what must have been the first sunny day of winter and meet the archers. I hope that as they braved the extreme weather during this competition, the knowledge they were benefiting Pilgrims Hospices helped them stay warm!

“It was a great pleasure to meet Elsa and Eva, two therapy dogs who have been adopted by Pilgrims Hospices at Canterbury and are regular visitors there.

“The money raised enables Pilgrims to continue to provide care within the community as well as within the hospices themselves for the people of east Kent.”

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