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58 English Bridge August 2018 www.ebu.co.uk

CRIKEY MOSES - OVER £50,000

W

hen our four Junior Teams all qualified

to take part in the World Junior

Championships in China the Board

decided that it would attempt to raise funds to

cover the expenses that would be incurred (and at

the time it was difficult to work out what those

expenses would be). It wasn't to be just about the

money - it was a chance for the membership at

large to connect with the Junior Squads, and to

encourage in a tangible way those who are the

future of the game. Everybody who supported them

suddenly had a vested interest in them.

We set a target. That target was £25,000, which

would go a long way towards paying for travel,

accommodation and training. We thought the

target a bit optimistic, but a bit of optimism every

now and again doesn't go amiss.

At the time of writing, we have glided past

£50,000. Can I say that again? £50,000.

Crikey Moses.

And it's not even over yet - it's not over until they

get on that plane. There is a live possibility that we

might actually exceed expenses, which will be very

welcome news for the Junior Squad Leaders: any

excess will, of course, be ring-fenced for ongoing

training.

funding for youth teams doubles the target

I can't believe, a year down the line, that I'm

actually thinking about what to do with a possible

excess.

And it's all down to the members. There have

been corporate sponsors, private donations large

and small, clubs, counties, schools - this trip has

captured the imagination of so, so many. I am

hoping to thank everyone individually (I thought

I'd just have to bang out half a dozen or so e-mails,

not hundreds of them), but have built up an absurd

backlog. I will do it, even if I have to take a week off

work, and it will be a pleasure.

At the beginning of the campaign I said two

things. The first was that no contribution is too

small. We turn our nose up at nothing. The second

was that there would be no hard sell. As it turned

out, there was no need for one. You all rose to the

occasion with hardly any spark to light the fuse.

You will forgive me if I briefly channel Young Mr

Grace: You've all done very well.

Thank you.

Ian Payn, EBU Vice-Chairman

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