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Charity Polo at The Queen’s Ground raises over £35,000 for cancer support organisation

PUBLISHED: 11:31 13 November 2014 | UPDATED: 11:31 13 November 2014

The winning team Dell Park with Lucie Cowie (The Haven) & Neil Hobday (CEO Guards Polo Club)

The winning team Dell Park with Lucie Cowie (The Haven) & Neil Hobday (CEO Guards Polo Club)

MAUREEN MCLEAN

Bettina Bahlsen’s Dell Park team won the Guards Ladies Charity Polo at Guards Polo Club. However the real winner was The Haven breast cancer support organisation. A great crowd for lunch in the Clubhouse, plus an amazing auction, meant that more than £35,000 was raised for the London Haven and the charity’s newest centre in Titchfield, Hampshire, which is scheduled to open in 2015.

The Haven and Dell Park teams in actionThe Haven and Dell Park teams in action

Three teams took part, with The Haven and Churchill teams joining Dell Park in round-robin tournament. The Haven team’s Livi Alderman was named Most Valuable Player and received a prize provided by The Polo Magazine, in addition to one of the fabulous players’ goody bags presented to every competitor. Bettina received the Best Playing Pony Prize for her own Luchera.

Neil Hobday, Chief Executive of Guards Polo Club, said after presenting the prizes: “We hosted our first Ladies’ Charity Trophy Day in aid of The Haven in 2013 which was really successful and we wondered if we would be able to improve on that first year. However this year has been even more amazing. The auction prizes just kept coming in and our lady players put on some really fast and competitive polo and were completely unfazed with playing on our number one ground. Our only problem now is how do we improve on this in 2015?”

La Martina provided all of the team shirts. Bettina Bahlsen, Spencer McCarthy and Amr Sheikh sponsored the teams and generous auction and lottery prize donors joined those supporting the day.

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