Posted on: July 28, 2017

Bowling for Bowels – Raising funds for Bowel Disease

Community Fundraising

Bowlers in Essex have been raising money for Bowel Disease research & education over the past year at the Essex County Women’s Bowling Association. Patient & fundraiser Jean Cobbin joined forces with Bowls Clubs all over Essex during 2016 and 2017 to raise money for St Mark’s Hospital Foundation.

Jean & her supporters organised many exciting events including a Fancy Dress day, Quiz Evenings with the Harlow War Memorial charity, a fund-raising day at ASDA and much more. One member, Gordon, ran the Edinburgh Marathon to raise funds for Bowel Disease at St Mark’s – helping the group to raise over £2,000 in total.

Fancy Dress Fundraising

The Fancy Dress Fun Day, held in June, saw the whole club coming together to make it a success. The Club have not ever held a charity day before and were very pleased to have raised so much for Bowel Disease Research. Members dressed in all sorts of costumes such as 101 Dalmatians and Jean dressed as a 1942 Electric Engineer.


Visiting St Mark’s

The Essex County Bowls Association raised £2,520 in total – all of which will go towards innovative Bowel Disease Research and Education at St Mark’s Hospital in Harrow. We invited the group to visit St Mark’s Hospital to meet the Executive Director and Mr Chris Hunt, an RSO at St Mark’s Hospital, who works with Consultant Surgeon Mr Anthony Antoniou.

Fundraisers raising Funds for Bowel Disease

A huge thanks from St Mark’s

We are hugely grateful for the support given by the Bowls Association over the past year and appreciate the dedication of fundraisers such as Jean, Gordon and her large network of Friends, Family and Fellow Bowls plays.

If you wish to raise funds towards Bowel Disease research in your community, speak to our community fundraising team. We can provide advice or information you need to help you. Email the team at or call 0208 235 4092

Find out more about our innovative Bowel Disease research here.