Sam’s Haven is in sight thanks to bowl-a-thon

STRIKING Family and friends of Sam Merrick, hold a 12-hour bowling marathon at AMF Bowling, Havant. Picture: Allan Hutchings (133119-042)
STRIKING Family and friends of Sam Merrick, hold a 12-hour bowling marathon at AMF Bowling, Havant. Picture: Allan Hutchings (133119-042)
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SUPPORTERS pulled on their bowling shoes and went for a strike to raise money for a children’s holiday home.

Five-year-old Sam Merrick was the first one to bowl at the bowl-a-thon organised by his parents Louise and Paul at AMF Bowling, in Bedhampton.

They are hoping to raise enough money to buy a caravan in West Sussex where children with serious illnesses can relax with their families, away from hospitals.

Sam suffers from a rare immune deficiency which has meant long stays in hospitals and short breaks at Church Farm have given the family, from Denmead, time to enjoy each other’s company.

They are aiming to raise £30,000.

Louise, 32, said: ‘Sam and his brothers had a wonderful time.

‘They spent all day there and by the time we got them home at 6.45pm, they were beat.

‘I think the last ball was bowled at 10pm. It got so busy AMF had to open up three extra lanes. We raised £307.’

To support them go to Sam’s Haven on Facebook or samshaven.com.