Playing Cards raises money for Essex Community Foundation

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Winners Jon Ward and Coral Fallon with Jo Macaulay Head of Communications ECF and Cathryn Fox

Well that was fun!

On Tuesday, 21st January sixty four bridge players enjoyed playing cards in Chelmsford’s first Charity Café Bridge event, eating and drinking in four restaurants in Chelmsford Town Centre to raise over £650 for the Honalee Fund at Essex Community Foundation.

The Courtyard, Pinchos, Pizza Express and Preto opened early to support the charity event and each provided a three course lunch. Starting at 10:00am, each partnership played six deals in each café before moving on to the next one. They enjoyed lunch wherever they were at lunch time.

Ending with the raffle and prize giving at 4pm, just in time for Happy Hour back at the Courtyard, this year’s winners were Jon Ward and Corel Fallon.

Cathryn Fox, organiser of the Charity Café Bridge event, commented: “Bridge is a fantastic card game. Reasonably easy to play and nearly impossible to master, it keeps the grey cells active. Today’s event not only supported the Honalee Fund but also helped build awareness of this great social game and hopefully will encourage more people to learn and join the friendly community of Essex Bridge.

Perry Norton from Essex Community Foundation was delighted that the bridge players supported the community foundation. “Honalee fund supports local voluntary and charity groups in Chelmsford, donating about £1,200 a year. Events like this ensure the needs of these smaller local organisations can be supported in perpetuity.

Also sponsored by local businesses Objective IT, Parking Perspectives and Aqua warehouse, Managing Directors Lara Fox, Andrew Potter and Richard Hart were delighted to support the Café Bridge event. 

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