Success in the second annual Charity Bowl between Ayr and Cartha

Success in the second annual Charity Bowl between Ayr and Cartha

​Cartha Queens Park Women hosted Ayr Women in their annual charity match at Dumbreck on Saturday. The event has so far raised over £1,500 for the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society Scotland and was the second year that the annual Charity Bowl between the two clubs has taken place.

As well as playing a full 80-minute match, which Cartha Queens Park won 34-26, the players also participated in a series of short games and activities which simulated some of the symptoms people living with MS experience.

The two teams decided that all proceeds should go to the MS Society this year due to one of the Cartha QP players being diagnosed with MS.

Carolyn Baker, who plays at tighthead prop, was diagnosed with relapsing MS last year.

Baker said: "Rugby is an incredibly caring and inclusive sport and the support I've had from the squad at Cartha QP since my diagnosis has been amazing.

"It really drives home what a great club, and group of people, this is to be a part of.

"I'm still playing though the symptoms of my condition make it more difficult to play and train particularly with the fatigue and the affect it has had on my eyesight.

"Last year’s charity match at Millbrae was my first game of rugby back having expected to never play again so it was an incredibly emotional occasion for me.

"This year we’re delighted to be supporting a charity that is fighting the condition and to be giving my teammates and opposition a taste of what a few of the symptoms are that I experience."

Fundraising activities on the day included selling close to 100 laces in the recognisable orange colour for MS, a silent auction and a tomobola. Both clubs also partnered with Galloway based Hills and Harbour Gin. 74 bottles were sold with the profits going directly to MS.

Cartha Queens Park President, Ed Crozier, said: "The day was a great success both on and off the pitch. A large crowd watched a really exciting well contested match with Cartha eventually edging it 34-26 to win the Charity Bowl.

“Both teams should be congratulated in the spirit which the match was played, I was proud of them both. The real winner was the rugby family, and the Multiple Sclerosis Society and was a great example of rugby looking after its own, promoting our culture and enacting our values.”

Photo credit: ALT Photography

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