Playing the ball for Young Epilepsy Hornets host second charity netball tournament

A local walking netball team has scored sponsorship and a donation from Bloor Homes in support of its charity netball tournament which took place on Sunday 9th June to raise vital funds for Young Epilepsy.

The Hornets’ founder, Karen Simms, said, “We were lucky to be chosen as one of Bloor Homes’ winners of one of four £250 donations last year when they invited local clubs and teams to write in and tell them how the money would be used to improve the club and players. We needed netball bibs to fit all shapes and sizes and were thrilled to be one of the four clubs chosen from all those who entered.

“Fast forward to this year and when we approached the team at Bloor Homes to support our charity match through sponsorship they not only agreed, but they also donated towards Young Epilepsy. We are so grateful to them for all their support.”

Last year Bloor Homes invited sports clubs close to its development at The Asps in and around Warwick to apply for one of four £250 donations from its Community Sports Fund towards projects, equipment, or kit.

The Hornets submitted a strong entry for the grant, describing how the team meet up once a week for fun, laughter, some netball and above all, support. And despite only launching in June 2023 with just eight players, they had already hosted their first charity tournament to raise awareness of the condition Medium Chain Acyl-CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency (MCADD) in memory of one of our player’s grandsons, baby Eddie. Together they raised £2095 for Birmingham Children's Hospital and Metabolic Support UK.

Now 20+ strong, The Hornets has raised a further £2675 at the tournament for Young Epilepsy, a national charity which is taking a lead in increasing the understanding of the complex condition and improving the way it is treated, as well as the way the 112,700 children who have epilepsy in the UK are supported.

Angie Prince, Sales Director for Bloor Homes’ Midlands region, said: “This is a really inspiring group of ladies who use their love of netball for their own wellbeing and to support charities. Well done on another successful tournament and the fundraising for Young Epilepsy.”

For more information about the Charity Netball Tournament contact Anita Bennett via The Hornets’s Facebook page