September 5th, 2016

Alcester dad’s bowling challenge raises money for sudden death charity

Alcester dad’s bowling challenge raises money for sudden death charity Alcester dad’s bowling challenge raises money for sudden death charity
Updated: 11:01 am, Nov 19, 2015

A FATHER whose daughter died after being born prematurely has raised more than £2,000 in her name to help other bereaved parents.

Ruby Reynolds was born at just 23 weeks and only lived for a few hours.

She died in 2010, leaving dad Derek heartbroken.

Wanting to support those in a similar position, 43-year-old Derek decided to raise money for Jack’s Rainbow – a charity helping parents bereaved by sudden death.

Derek – who is from Warwick but now lives in Alcester with his partner Liz, son Jack and stepson Harry – held a bowling challenge to raise money for the charity’s latest initiative to buy a caravan in Cornwall.

The £2,100 raised through Derek’s bowling challenge will help towards the charity’s £25,000 total to offer bereaved families somewhere to go after losing a child.

Despite months of practicing, Derek fell just short of his target to score 2015 pins from 15 games of ten pin bowling – ending the challenge with a result of 1991 pins.

Planning manager Derek said: “It was a bit disappointing as I’d succeeded in my last practice attempt. However I can’t be too hard on myself as it was always going to be a challenging target, and to get 99 per cent of the way there and still have a chance right up to the final frame shows how realistic it was.”

Derek is now looking at future sporting fund-raising events and would like anyone wishing to be involved to get in touch.

Email dpreynolds1971@yahoo.co.uk to find out more.

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