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A charity event was organised on 25th & 26th May 2019 by a group of former netballers from Dowty Netball Club. A whole weekend of events was planned; a walking netball festival, skittles, white elephant, tombola, raffle and live music followed by Sunday lunch and a quiz at Tewkesbury Rugby Club.

Sally grew up on a small housing estate in Tewkesbury and made many friends locally playing on the streets.  In the mid 1970’s a group of friends working for Racal-Redac played netball tournaments locally usually playing on grass.

Sally Collin’s Moss family

The event was co-ordinated by a group of fellow friends and netballers of Sally Collins Moss who sadly died on 13th December 2018 in Spain, moving to Spain for a life in the sun was Sally’s dream come true. Sadly, Sally became unwell and was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in July 2018.

Sally and Teri Watkins moved to work at Dowty’s and after winning a national netball tournament formed Dowty’s Netball club. Another local company Dowty’s Mining Equipment sponsored the team and marked out a court next to their car park. Dowty Dodgers joined the Gloucestershire Netball League in 1978. Within the first season of playing had enough for two teams; Dowty Dynamos, and eventually within 5 years, a third team Dowty Demons. Dowty’s built a new tarmac courts on their sports field and were able to use the clubhouse for changing and teas. Sally played for Dowty’s then moved to Nomads. Dowty’s eventually merged with Tewkesbury Ladies then Challengers from Cheltenham. Challengers now have regional team and over 100 juniors and seniors playing in the Gloucestershire leagues today.

There were 5 teams that entered the walking netball festival held over bank holiday at Tewkesbury Rugby Club.  The Walking Netball sessions only started this year at Tewkesbury Sports Centre under the England Netball Initiative. Gloucester Ladies Netball Club, newly formed Malvern Walking Netball, Tewkesbury Walking Netball, Tewkesbury ladies rugby club and a team comprised of former members of Dowty’s and Tewkesbury Ladies Netball Club called Roses, all took part. The Roses team were crowned the winners of the tournament.

Winning Roses team comprised of Dowty’s and Tewkesbury Ladies former players.

Maggie Cole former GS at Tewkesbury netball Club said “In accordance with Spanish law, Sally’s funeral took place less than 48 hours of her passing, denying family and friends in the UK the opportunity to bid her a personal farewell.

We didn’t want Sally’s untimely death to be in vain, and felt there was no better way of honouring our happy memories of Sally than hosting a charity event in her name to raise much needed funds to aid research into the disease.

My name’5 Doddie foundation was the charity nominated to receive the money raised on the day. This charity helps to fund research for Motor Neurone Disease. £1305 was raised.

All Players

Thanks go to Tewkesbury Rugby Club for their support and expertise, including first aid cover and marking out a court; Heather Battson for umpiring, Peter Hayward and Adela who took all the photographs. Thanks to Uni of Glos walking netball team who sent a donation as they were unable to attend.

Maggie Cole said “The original members of Racal and Dowty’s remain close friends to this day.  Netball is a great team sports where life long friendships can be formed”.

Thanks to the committee; Maggie Cole, Teri Watkins, Lesley Neild, Sandra Jones, Viviene Tinker, Mary Holtham, Tracey Broll and Eileen Dunlop and all Sally’s family, former netballers and their families who came along to support the event.

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