As Chair of Manchester County Bridge I want to give heartfelt thanks to all the people who have been involved in organising and running Manchester County’s Online bridge. Back in March when we had to stop playing bridge face to face things looked bleak. How would we cope without our games of bridge?
Very quickly individuals in the County stepped in and organised on line games, ensuring that hundreds of our members could continue with their favourite mind sport from home during lockdown. They also organised Inter County matches, monthly Charity Pairs, Green Pointed events, the Higson Cup.and online league which is now in its 8th season. So from late March 2020 to 31 May 2021 that’s almost 3000 tables.
In addition, during that period we have had an average of 42 teams playing teams bridge for a total of 40 weeks
The team has also helped to introduce RealBridge across Manchester and helped clubs with the set up of their online sessions. The team has also helped with the training of teachers in the use of IT platforms.
As time has gone by the Clubs in the County have taken up the baton and developed their own online sessions. The need for the County to provide sessions has diminished and accordingly will take a break over the Summer and see what the situation is in the Autumn. We are sure that the future will involve playing bridge online as well as face to face. The County will do whatever we can to enable players to keep playing the game they love.
So, thanks to the team who gave up so much of their time to make this possible: Alec Smalley, Dave Tilley, Jeff Smith, Joy Blakey, Victor Ridding, Espen Gisvold and the leader of the team Adam Wiseberg.
When we first started our online sessions back in March 2020 they were free to enter and the County Executive realised that this might be an opportunity to have a charity event once a month to support local organisations in the time of crisis. So, in the early dark times of lockdown starting in April, we held a charity event on the last Wednesday of the month.
The response from all of you, together with contributions from the County treasury, has been quite simply, fantastic, and I thank you all for your generosity. Each of the recipients has been so touched to receive our generous donations and written lovely letters in appreciation. My thanks also to the brilliant directors who not only donate and play, but also do not charge to run the events.
The total raised in the 14 months is £11,550 and the recipients have been:
St. Ann's Hospice, Francis House, Centrepoint Manchester, The Seashell Trust, Nicky Alliance Day Centre, The Compassionate Friends, Manchester Mind, Mustard Tree, The Neuromuscular Society, Prevent Breast Cancer at Wythenshawe Hospital, Prostate Cancer at the Christie, Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, Motor Neurone Disease Association and Moodswings.
With the easing of lockdown and the prospect of summer ahead of us, we are all taking a break. If possible in the Autumn, we may run more Charity Duplicates - Manchester County Cares - thank you all, once again, for your amazing support.
Enjoy the summer and stay well
Many thanks for your email and thank you so much for thinking of Moodswings. As a small charity we very much appreciate all donations. I can assure you that this will go directly towards supporting vulnerable people, some of whom have no other form of support. We are grateful and touched that you chose us and thrilled to receive it.
I have attached our bank details. If you would like us to thank you publicly then please let us know how best to do this via social media etc and we would be happy to. Please pass on our thanks and the gratitude of our trustees to your members.
Reg Charity 1077513, Company no 3833841