When Martin Reddin was taken suddenly and seriously ill at the end of March, friends and family feared the worst, but after spending two weeks in an induced coma at the Wessex Neuro Centre he's now well on the road to recovery. Friends at the Hinkler Pub, where Martin is the resident DJ, arranged a day of fundraising to show their appreciation. A speed pool competition, in which the aim was to clear all the balls in the fastest time, saw over 70 attempts but very few clearances (many attempts ending with the white ball being potted - including my own!). The eventual winning time was 1 minute and 34 seconds.
Raffle ticket sales were also brisk, with over 80 prizes generously donated by pub regulars, friends and family, and it was great to see Martin feeling well enough to take the microphone to run the raffle draw - which took quite a while! The pool competition and raffle were followed by a karaoke session during which the collection bucket continued to do the rounds, swelling the total raised on the day to a tremendous £709.15 and with (at the time of writing) a further £340 + having been donated online, the total raised easily exceeds £1,000.
Organiser Paul Reynolds, who co-runs the Southampton Regional Pool League, is justifiably proud of what has been achieved. "Given that I’d hoped we’d raise £500, this is beyond my wildest expectations, but to see Martin back on his feet and doing his thing was just amazing given what he’s been through, and made all the effort very worthwhile indeed."
Our sincere thanks go to all who so generously gave their time, donated raffle prizes and supported the event, and to all present for making me so welcome (and for not laughing too loudly at my awful pool attempt!
Photos show Martin Reddin hosting the raffle draw, and Paul Reynolds (with stopwatch) timing another 'speed pool' attempt.