Saucy angle to Bath cancer fundraiser
A new sporting wooden spoon club has been set up to raise money for a cancer charity.
Chris Garratt, founder of The City of Bath Petanque Club, has set up the Fanny Petanque Club in memory of a Bath business leader to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
The club takes its name from a French petanque tradition where anyone losing a match without scoring a single point had to kiss the bottom of a waitress called Fanny.
Sports lecturer and coach Mr Garratt decided to support the charity in memory of his friend David Keith, a former chief executive of Bath Chamber of Commerce, who died of cancer two years ago, and who helped in getting petanque up and running in the city.
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Chris said: "I'm very pleased to be doing this for the charity, and I just hope that I'm able to generate enthusiasm in others involved in our sport too. This is a unique and original club in petanque, and its success could bring such great benefits to all those involved.
"At the moment, I have little real idea of the amount we may be able to raise for charity, but things are already getting going. People are not too keen on parting with their money at the moment, but we hope that they might do so for this good cause and to promote the sport too."
He is keen to get players from around the country to sign up to the club, which he says "intends to ensure that humour maintains its place in the sport."
Melanie Skinner, Cancer Research UK's area volunteer manager for Bristol, Bath and Wiltshire, said: "We are absolutely delighted that Chris and the Fanny Petanque Club has decided to support Cancer Research UK.
"We can't thank them enough for all their support and want to wish them all the very best in gaining new members."
She added: "Cancer Research UK has made enormous progress in the fight against cancer and continues to do so. However, we have only been able to do this thanks to the dedication and commitment of our volunteers and supporters without whom we would not be able to fund our vital research."
Among its research projects is one at the University of Bath where Dr Paul Whitley is researching how healthy cells become cancer cells.
More details about the club are at www.fanny petanque.co.uk.