Local Bowls Club Raises Vital Funds for Big C Cancer Charity

The County Arts Bowls Club, which is based in Thorpe St Andrew, has raised over £1,200 for Big C’s Nearer to Home Appeal which is raising funds for a new state-of-the-art Cancer Support and Information Centre in Norwich.


The funds were raised through the John Woodcock Memorial Bowls Tournament, which for the past 36 years has been organised by Brian Taylor in memory of his friend and fellow bowler, John Woodcock, a non-smoker who died from lung cancer in 1983. The event had even greater relevance this year as Brian’s partner, Pat Clarke, is undergoing treatment for breast cancer.


Over the years Brian has raised close to £30,000 for Big C.


Carole Slaughter, Head of Fundraising at Big C said, “We thank Brian and his friends at the County Arts Bowls Club for their incredible loyalty and generous support over so many years. The money raised makes an important difference to those in our community who are affected by cancer. Our thoughts are particularly with Pat Clarke and we wish her the very best with her treatment.”


It is hoped that the new Big C Centre will be ready to open in 2022, complementing the services provided at the charity’s acute centre in the grounds of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.


The new facility is purposefully located in the heart of the community as a wellbeing centre for those living with and beyond cancer, offering the opportunity to enjoy a

cup of tea and a conversation with qualified nurses, attend counselling sessions, have complementary therapies and receive expert information and support on a wide range of topics from exercise and nutrition to finance and welfare. To donate to Big C’s Nearer to Home Appeal, please visit https://nearertohome.co.uk/