SQUASH STAR RALLIES FOR LOCAL CAUSES
Report by Greg Rees
A top British squash professional has played a series of exhibition matches
with local enthusiasts to help raise much needed cash for two local charities.
Joey Barrington (son of former world champion and legend of the game, Jonah) took to the courts at Burton Manor Sports Association (BMSA) to play a series of games against 10 excited squash members, who all paid £10 for the privilege.
His squash marathon was the culmination of a series of Burton Manor charity initiatives that raised £1700 in total and was divided between the Breast Cancer Unit of Stafford Hospital and a Rugeley-based charity called Trudy’s Trust, which was set up after a 35-year-old mum died suddenly from a brain tumour.
The event was organised by squash club member Robin Padmore from Penkridge who explains: “I contacted Joey Barrington and he kindly offered to take part for free, travelling up from Somerset one Friday evening, playing 10 consecutive games and socialising with BMSA members in our bar afterwards.
“He’s a former world top 20 player himself, but now better known as the commentary voice of Squash TV, so it was a real coup to have him at our club. And he’s still an awesome player with an array of trick shots that dazzled the members both playing and watching.”
The remaining money was raised via a BMSA Charity Ball, also organised by Mr Padmore and featuring a three-course meal, jazz band and caricaturist. Some 100 people attended and also took part in a raffle featuring another top squash-related prize – an England shirt signed by current British number one and world number two, James Willstrop.
Other prizes included signed Wolves, West Brom and Everton football shirts, plus Eden Spa day passes at Hoar Cross Hall and balloon flights from Shugborough Hall.