Mannin Cancers Support Group
Crowds flocked to Vagabonds Rugby club on Saturday where family fun, sport and music helped raise approximately £3,500 for an Island charity, with support from Santander International. During the balls 4 Balls fun day, youngsters and adults alike played in five-a-side football and seven-a-side tag rugby tournaments and enjoyed light exercise and childhood games during an action-packed day in aid of Mannin Cancers Support Group. Santander International’s touch rugby team was pitted against Vagabonds. Families were also treated to live music throughout the afternoon and into the evening with an array of local groups, including Sunset Jet, Black Water Creek and the Ian Thompson Band.
Clare Gerrard from the charity hailed the event a great success: ‘It really was a super day with something for all ages. The sun shone and everyone involved got into the spirit of things. There was so much to do for the youngsters with bouncy castles and inflatables, a coconut shy, face painting, and a big thank you also to the Active Souls team, ICue training academy and Fun4All for arranging such fun activities. Lots of people mooched around the car boot sale and, of course, on a day like that the ice cream van and licensed bar were kept busy cooling people down. Without the invaluable support of Santander International none of this would have been possible and a sincere thank you to them for making it a day to remember and raising funds for such an important cause.’
Santander International’s Managing Director in the Isle of Man, John Pearson, added: ‘Balls 4 Balls was a lot of fun and it was wonderful to see so many people of all ages enjoying themselves while supporting such a good cause. The services Mannin Cancers Support Group provide are crucial, especially for those people going through one of the most difficult times in their life, so we were more than happy to sponsor such a worthwhile initiative.’
The money will go towards a £1.5 million bid to buy new CT Scanners at Noble’s Hospital.