Acorn Lawn Tennis Club, who are based in Stanmore, have raised a record amount of money for a local charity and hospice with their annual charity handicapped doubles tournament.
The club managed to raise £2,500 in aid of St Luke’s Hospice and St Mark’s Foundation at the event, which also has a barbecue, a raffle and the auctioning of some tennis rackets, including one signed by professional tennis player, Nick Kyrgios.
There were also visits to one of the club’s member’s magical garden, where guests were treated to cream tea.
Club chairman, Stephen Phillips, told StanmoreNEWS: “It’s so important to us as a club to be able to fundraise regularly, and every charity that we pick out to support is one that has a particular connection with one of our members.
“We normally raise around £1,500, so to have gone over that by £1,000 has been really good for us to be able to do. The club itself has enjoyed an incredible bounce back from the pandemic and have had an increase in the number of members, so to be able to give back to the community has been special.”
Stephen was also quick to praise the impact of US Open champion Emma Raducanu as one of the major reasons why the club has been able to welcome more people into the club.
He added: “The weather of course has helped, we’ve had a really great autumn here, but undoubtedly Emma Raducanu has inspired a young generation to pick up a tennis racket, and that will be helping clubs all over the country, not just ours!”