Bowl in a onesie for charity cause

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Onesie-wearing bowlers will need to stay wide awake when they set off on a sponsored marathon match at Diss.

Although they will be wearing sleeping suits they will be bowling through the night to raise funds for cancer support.

The 24-hour marathon, which begins at 7pm on Good Friday at the Diss and District Bowls Club , off Denmark Green, Diss, has been prompted by the loss of members to cancer, notably England international and Norfolk ladies’ singles champion Carol Pollington.

Her family will be among the bowlers and supporters raising money for the Norfolk-based Big C cancer charity.

Club member and international bowler John Rednall will also be taking part with his teenage daughter Katherine who only weeks ago was watched by TV viewers as she became the youngest winner of the ladies’ world indoor title at Potters Resort at Hopton.

For a price, bowlers will be able to match themselves over a couple of ends against a world champion.

A leading organiser of the event, Lynne Ainge, whose husband Pete also died due to cancer last year and has personally had support from the Big C Centre at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital said: “We wanted to organise a charity event that, not only would be fun for the participants, but would benefit Norfolk people and their families who are affected by cancer.

“I am not sure if I will manage to bowl in my pink onesie and wig for the whole 24 hours but am willing to give it a go to support such a worthwhile cause. I have chosen pink because I am a survivor of breast cancer myself.”

All bowlers playing the minimum time will go into a draw for a customised set of bowls from Taylor Bowls of Glasgow. Other supporters of the event include Ames Nissan of Thetford and bowls equipment suppliers Mark Royal and Anglia Bowls.

Twenty-four hour candles will be available for people to dedicate for a donation to the charity in memory loved ones and these will be kept burning throughout the event. Anybody who wishes to sponsor the bowlers can go to

Visitors will be welcome to visit the club at any time during the 24 hours. If you bring slippers or kick off your shoes then you can even have a go at bowling too. Saturday morning also features bacon butties.