This year’s event was in aid of Age UK Somerset, a charity that does so much valuable work for elderly people in Somerset.
Phil Dolan of Age UK Somerset, whose own team finished as runners-up, expressed his thanks to Slee Blackwell and the other businesses that took part in the competition for raising much needed funds for the charity.
“I think many at the event were shocked to know that so many thousands of older people in this area endure a 30 day period of talking to no one at all. Just £10 will pay for the travel expenses of a volunteer to visit one of our older, lonely clients and thus start the process of breaking that truly tragic ‘cycle of isolation’ and it’s through events like this and the kindness of Slee Blackwell and supporters that inroads can be made.”
At one point in the evening there were 32 competitors wielding croquet mallets on the immaculate lawns of the Taunton Deane Croquet Club, a record number for the club. Guests were treated to a BBQ featuring smoked brisket and pulled pork in addition to the usual burgers and sausages.
Slee Blackwell’s James McNally said:
“Our annual croquet challenge is not only great fun but is also a way for us and other local Taunton business to support the community and smaller charities that don’t always get the attention they deserve. On this occasion the close association between the work done by our Wills and Probate department and Age UK Somerset made them an obvious choice and I am so pleased that the event was such a success. My only regret is that we appear to have set the bar even higher for what we do next year!”
Businesses wishing to support next year’s event or local charities seeking selection as the chosen charity can contact James at [email protected]