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Tennis aces play for charity

A charity tennis tournament held at Ripon Tennis Centre on 1st June raised £660 for local people with dementia and their carers through charity fundraisers, the Acorn Committee.

The tournament was held in memory of Jim Jackson who was a keen tennis player and helped to develop the club at Ripon and who died of Alzheimer’s a few years ago. The trophy for the winners was donated by his widow, Janet Burton who is also a keen player. A record eighteen couples entered the tournament from clubs all over North Yorkshire with the final eventually contested by Ann Wilson and Andy Lambert of Bedale Tennis Club against Kim Wood and Steve Jones from Ripon Tennis Centre. Ann and Andy came out eventual winners with semi-finalists Sally Monkman and John Topping from the Academy, Harrogate and Katherine Bayliss and Audrey Reed from Almscliffe completing the list of prize winners on the day.

Ripon Tennis Centre generously donated their facilities on the day.


Acorn Chairman Louise Hanen said: We had a great day with some excellent tennis matches and the standard improves year on year. A big thank you must go to all who helped make the day a really happy occasion. All the money raised will go to Dementia Forward which works exclusively with people with dementia and their carers in the Ripon, Wetherby and Harrogate area.


The next Acorn event is the annual Golf Day to be held at Pannal Golf Club on Friday 5 September 2014. To enter please go to and follow the links. For more information about Acorn and the charities it supports, please contact Louise Hanen on 01423 734876 or email

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