Beetle drive gives mayor’s trio of charities a boost

Bourne Church Hall  beetle drive with Mayor  Philip Knowles. EMN-161004-201519009
Bourne Church Hall beetle drive with Mayor Philip Knowles. EMN-161004-201519009
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A beetle drive hosted by Mayor of Bourne Philip Knowles has raised over £100 for good causes.

The event was organised in aid of the three charities which Coun Knowles has been supporting during his mayoral year – the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Dementia Support South Lincs and The Willoughby School.

Those present at Bourne Abbey Church Hall - who ranged in aged from 12 months to over 80 - paid to play the old family-favourite party game Beetle, which sees players draw a beetle in parts after rolling a dice.

Coun Knowles said: “I’d been trying to come up with some fundraising ideas which appealed to people of all ages - and my wife and I thought Beetle was a good one.

“It’s a game which children love, but can be also be fun for adults too.”

The beetle drive raised £114, taking the mayor’s fundraising total so far to £3,000.

Coun Knowles’ year as mayor will come to an end on May 14 when his successor takes up the chains of office.

He added: “As I approach the end of my time as mayor, I’m proud of the money we’ve raised so far. The money was raised through all sorts of different events. One of the most successful were visits to the town’s six pubs for pub games competitions. It gave me the chance to meet people who might not otherwise get involved.”