The Royal Manor of Portland Athletics Club thanked the community for its support at a skittles social evening.

The annual skittles night, held on Saturday, October 28, marked the end of the season’s races and provided an opportunity for the club to give back to its community supporters.

Gary Haylock, one of the club leaders, welcomed everyone and acknowledged that the races would be impossible to host without such support.

Dave Darby then presented the island’s clubs with a donation.

St. John Ambulance, Coastwatch Portland Bill, Portland United FC, Portland Food Bank, Portland Sea Cadets, YMCA Portland, Red Triangle Cricket Club and Portland United Youth FC, all received a cheque of appreciation.

A cheque of £1,165 was also presented to Clare Ash, and ambassador for Weldmar Hospicecare.

The significant sum was raised from this year’s successful Dumble Bimble race.

Clare thanked the club and explained that Weldmar is dependent on community donations to keep the charity running.

Proceeds raised from the raffle on the night were donated to Caron Stevens who is fundraising to purchase a community defibrillator in memory of her late husband Kevin.

The evening continued, as usual, with a game of skittles and a light supper.