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Bridge buffs are getting the chance to go head to head with a tournament challenge next month – and raise vital funding for local charity work at the same time.

The event, organised by Portstewart Bridge Club, will take place at The Star of The Sea church hall in Portstewart on Wednesday 22 February. Eric Butterwick, a member of bridge clubs in Portstewart and Coleraine, said: “We are expecting up to 100 players to take part – and proceeds from their entry fees and a raffle will be divided equally between Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children and Habitat for Humanity.”

Newlife is the UK’s largest charity provider of specialist equipment for children with disabilities and terminal illness and has supported 569 under-19s across Northern Ireland, including Eric’s own granddaughter Kaitlin Murray.

Ten-year-old Kaitlin, who lives in Lisburn, has Global Developmental Delay which results in challenging behaviours and Newlife provided a specialist portable bed to keep her safe when she is away from home.

To find out more about how Newlife supports disabled and terminally ill children across Northern Ireland, go to: and click on your county area. You can find out how many local children have been helped and read some of their stories.

If you would like to take part in the bridge tournament, which starts at 7.30pm, call Eric Butterwick on 02870351974, Tom McKeever on 07780995442 or Eric McNicholl on 07731375023. The entry fee is £10.

This is not the first time Portstewart Bridge Club has supported Newlife. Eric said: “A similar event a few years ago raised around £1,400 – half of which went to Newlife – so I am hoping we can match this figure with our tournament next month.”