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Walthew House Cup 2023

We held our popular annual blind bowling event on Wednesday 22nd March, at Tenpin Parrs Wood. 17 teams took part in the event, which was also attended by the Mayor of Stockport, Councillor David Wilson. The aim of the event is to raise awareness of sight loss conditions, such as macular degeneration and glaucoma, as well as highlighting the work of our charity and how we support people across Stockport.

The Mayor of Stockport trying his hand at bowling during the tournament.

Each team of 4 were given blindfolds and pairs of spectacles which simulate a range of visual impairments, and then competed against each other over two games to battle it out to win the coveted Walthew House Cup! Here are the final standings from the event:

1st – Bury Blind Society (total team score of 909)
2nd – Ladybridge Golfers (888)
3rd – Lynx Taxis (885)
4th – Bask (882)
5th – The Grange Club, Edgeley (850)
6th – Azets (820)
7th – Dunelm (812)
8th – Stockport Libraries (806)
9th – Tuesday Tornadoes (Walthew House service users/volunteers) (774)
10th – Ladybridge Strikers (744)
11th – Bramhall Rotary Club (718)
12th – My Digital Accounts (709)
13th – Healthwatch Stockport (682)
14th – Mad Hatters (Walthew House volunteers) (671)
15th – Hazel Grove Inner Wheel (608)
16th – The Ninjas (590)

Our own visually impaired team, the Stockport Bombers, who play every week at the bowling alley, also scored 909 as a team, but were not eligible to win the trophy as they were the hosts!

The winning team from Bury Blind Society, pictured left to right – Paul, Chrys, Jim and Nadeem.

Paul from Bury Blind Society also claimed The David Le Poidevin Cup, which was awarded to the highest scoring individual. The top ten scorers were as follows:

  1. Paul from Bury Society for Blind and Partially Sighted People (278)
  2. Mike from Stockport Bombers (276)
  3. Mark from Ladybridge Golfers (274)
  4. Ian from Tuesday Tornadoes – Walthew House service users (271)
  5. Jim from Bury Blind Society (258)
  6. Behnam from Lynx Taxis (245)
  7. Roger from Ladybridge Golfers (242)
  8. Ehsan from Lynx Taxis (241)
  9. Benji from Bask (236)
  10. Dave from The Grange, Edgeley (229)

We are very grateful to Harry from Bramhall and Woodford Rotary Club for taking photographs on the day for us!

The second place team, the Ladybridge Golfers with the Mayor of Stockport.
Last year’s winners and third place this year, the team from Lynx Taxis who also generously sponsored a lane at the event.
First time bowlers from Bask, finishing in a very respectable 4th place!
The team from The Grange Club in Edgeley.
The team from our friends at Azets, who also generously sponsored a lane at the event.
The team from Dunelm Stockport, who regularly support our charity with raffle prize donations.
The team from Stockport Libraries, who are long-term supporters of Walthew House.
Councillor Keith Holloway’s team, the Ladybridge Strikers.
The team from Bramhall Rotary, who were joined by Walthew House service user Tony to make up the team numbers!
Our friends at My Digital Accounts very generously sponsored two lanes at the event!
We work closely with our friends at Healthwatch Stockport, who entered a team again this year.
A group of Walthew House volunteers made up the team of Mad Hatters, and certainly looked the part in their fancy hats!
The lovely ladies from the Hazel Grove Inner Wheel, who competed in the event for the first time.

We are very pleased that the event raised an incredible £1,283 for our charity, which helps us to support adults and children in Stockport who are living with sight and/or hearing loss. Some of this income will be used to support our own bowling team for the rest of the year. The event would not have been possible without the support of the lane sponsors, to which we are very grateful:

A very big thank you to the staff at Tenpin Parrs Wood, who kindly host our event every year and help to make it such a success.

If you are interested in taking part next year, or would like to find out more about our fundraising activities, please contact our Funding and Income Generation Manager Sarah Mollitt on 0161 480 2612 or email