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All change after charity’s record year

It’s all change at a popular Black Country sporting club after a year in which it donated a record amount of more than £87,000 to good causes and charities.

Jon Bellfield becomes president of Stourbridge-based Pedmore Sporting Club after two years as chairman and is replaced in that role by Adrian Grainger.

Jon Bellfield (left) with Lord Digby Jones at the Pedmore Sporting Club summer ball.

Jon, executive chairman of Barberry Group, said 2017 had been a record year of fundraising for Pedmore Sporting Club.

“Members once again continued the proud tradition of Pedmore Sporting Club during 2017. Another remarkable year of enjoyable events and fund raising has enabled us to donate a record amount of £87,914 to many local needy causes.”

A summer ball raised over £20,000, a celebrity lunch with former boxing world champion John Conteh collected more than £2,500, while a Beefeater dinner raised almost £2,700.

Donations to good causes included £10,000 to Acorns Hospice, £5,000 to Meningitis Research, £3,480 to Help for Heroes, and £16,000 to Debbie Drew, who while rescuing a boy from the sea at Woolacombe almost drowned and was left brain damaged.

Jon added: “This is a wonderful club. I have been a member for 25 years and it is great to see it going from strength to strength. We’re grateful for the amazing support we receive from members and sponsors. Since the club was established it has donated more than £1.45 million to very deserving causes.

“It has been a privilege to be chairman for the past two years. I am delighted to be able to hand over the reins to our very capable new chairman, Adrian Grainger, who I’m sure will enjoy his new role and, with the support of the committee and members, will continue the great traditions of this wonderful club.”

Adrian, a senior partner at Brierley Hill-based accountants Griffiths & Pegg, has been deputy chairman for the past year. Pedmore Sporting Club is a registered charity which was established in 1970 by Stourbridge-based businessmen to help those less fortunate. For more information visit www.pedmoresportingclub.com.