“Don’t worry, be happy”: Bob and friends honour Colin at memorial bowls day

12 Aug 2016

To remember their friend and fellow member Colin – treated at St Bartholomew’s and the old London Chest Hospital – Bob and the members of Silverthorn Bowls Club raised an amazing £1,665 (and counting!) at their memorial bowls day.

Silverthorn members playing bowls Silverthorn members with the cheque for Barts Charity Silverthorn members playing bowls Barts Charity staff and Silverthorn members

Colin was a member of Silverthorn Bowls Club in Highams Park. In the words of Bob Hillier, captain of the club, “Colin was truly a magnificent human being and his motto was always ‘Don’t worry, be happy’”.

During the last few years Colin has been treated for cancer and chest and kidney problems at the London Chest Hospital and later St Bartholomew’s, where the cardiac services from the London Chest moved to last year.

Two teams bowled in memory of Colin at their fundraising event – appropriately called “Don’t worry” and “Be happy”. The “Don’t worry” team won it on the day, but as Bob said:

“The overall winner was Colin and everybody that turned out to support him and Barts Charity. He finally leaves us with his words of wisdom, “Don’t worry, be happy” – thanks for the memories, Colin.”

The celebration for Colin’s life continued into the evening where a temporary dance floor at the club was set up, with a DJ.

Their JustGiving page remains open for anyone wishing to make a donation.

We’d like to say a big thank you to Bob and the members at Silverthorn, as well as all those who helped to raise such an impressive amount in honour of Colin. Our thanks also go to those at Orford House, and past members of West Essex, Connaught and Aveling Park bowls clubs.

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