SUPPORTERS of the Wiltshire Blackball Pool youth team and Wiltshire Air Ambulance helped to raise £735 by taking part in a fundraising event on Saturday (Nov 24).

The Melksham Liberal Club in Bank Street hosted a 12-hour family fun day and evening fundraiser.

More than 90 people played traditional pub games during the afternoon and enjoyed a quiz and disco in the evening.

Activities included traditional games including shove halfpenny, skittles, speed pool, darts and curling, plus a fundraising tombola, raffle and stalls.

Club stewardess Kerry Cameron said: “The club was really busy. We had about 90 people in.”

Rachel Tucker, manager of the Wiltshire Blackball Pool Federation’s county youth A team, said the money would be split equally between the federation and Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

“It will go a long way towards paying for the team’s transport and accommodation costs so it will not cost the boys a penny when they are playing away matches,” she explained.

The A team includes the current U15 world champion, Alfie Lee, son of Stephen Lee, the Trowbridge former professional snooker player, and three England players, Cale Baker, and brothers Charlie and Jack Begley.

The A team faces a crunch match against Hampshire in Swindon on December 9 which will decide which team wins the regional county championship.

Rachel’s son, Cyrus Vanechi, 10, is the youngest player in the A team, while Charlie Begley is the eldest at 18.

The other two players are Jae Sims and Dan Warre.

“It’s neck and neck with Hampshire but we have a strong team and I think we have the edge over them,” she said.