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Melksham’s Netball Club’s Charity Tournament is a huge success

On Sunday 21st January, Melksham Netball Club (Wiltshire) held a fundraising tournament aimed at raising funds for the club and for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance. The tournament was held to mark what would have been the 40th birthday of former player, Michelle Phillips, who sadly died in a car accident in 2004. Teams from all over Wiltshire and Oxfordshire took part in the event which saw over 100 women take court.

The tournament was won by Melksham Robins following a tough final with Chippenham. A fitting tribute as five of the Melksham team used to play with Michelle.

Not only was the tournament well supported by local teams and local businesses, but Rachel Shaw, a Team Bath Superleague and former England player also attended the event. Rachel spent the afternoon at the Dome and had the unenviable task of choosing the “Player of the Final” which was awarded to Cath Watts of Melksham. Rachel presented numerous prizes alongside Marsha, the new Wiltshire Air Ambulance mascot, and Michelle’s parents, John and Sandra Phillips.

Eboni Beckford-Chambers, another Team Bath and England player donated an hour’s training session which was auctioned along with a helicopter ride and signed Bath Rugby shirt with all the funds going to Wiltshire Air Ambulance. Following the successful auction, the total amount raised for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance is now £1,500.

Thanks to all those involved – a great day was had by all and a very fitting tribute to a much missed Michelle.

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