FOUR bridge club members based at the Cholmondeley Arms have beaten off competition from across the UK to win a charity tournament.

Tricia Wilkins and Richard Christmas were the winners of the Chicago bridge section of the Marie Curie Cancer Care Bridge Tournament, while their fellow Trumpers Bridge Club members Geoff and Sue Heap won the Rubber bridge.

The victorious four were presented with celebratory decanters at Arley Hall by Vicountess Ashbrook, Marie Curie patron for Cheshire, and nurse Meg Scoble.

More than 200 groups entered the tournament with pairs playing each other throughout the winter months.

Overall it helped raise £50,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care, which provides free, high quality nursing care to give people with terminal cancer and other illnesses the choice of dying at home, supported by their families.

Tricia, who is from Tarporley, said: “I’m very excited to win and very proud that the two winning pairs came from my bridge club Trumpers at the Cholmondeley Arms.

“It’s only a small club but we’ve managed to beat competition from the whole of the UK so it’s very satisfying.

“Taking part in the Marie Curie Bridge Tournament is a great way of entertaining friends and sharing winter evenings.”

Viscountess Ashbrook said: “I feel that the Marie Curie Bridge Tournament is a most wonderful way of raising money throughout the winter season.”

Holly Smith, community fundraiser for Cheshire, added: “We’re so grateful to everyone that took part in the Bridge Tournament this year and raised a fantastic £50,000 for our nurses.

“A huge congratulations to our winners, we’re delighted that the national winners are from Cheshire and very grateful to Viacountess Ashbrook for hosting such a lovely celebration of their success.”

To sign up for next year’s tournament download an entry form at www.mariecurie.org.uk or call Philipa Cannon on 01371 876 731. Registrations close at the end of June.