Brave Ben Wallace remembered at Clane tennis fundraiser

24 hours of play to raise funds for Barretstown

Henry Bauress

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Brave Ben Wallace remembered at Clane tennis fundraiser

Chairman Sean Lavin (left) and President Paddy Behan (right) pictured with Claire Dalton and little Hollie Ayres, Ava and Orla Wallace, Barry Kiely, and Suzanne Banim, at the launch

Cometh the summer, cometh Clane Tennis Club and the name of the late Ben Wallace to the fore.

Last Thursday night, the club launched two big events at the clubhouse.

One was the 24-hour Ben Wallace Memorial Tennis Marathon in aid of Barretstown House.

This runs from Saturday, June 9 at 2pm and will end with some very tired players on Sunday, June 10, also at 2pm. “We already have 10 players who will do the full marathon,” said club spokesman, Liam Burke.

Both Juniors and Seniors will participate but the marathon is open to all non members.

The event was attended last Thursday by Orla, Ben’s mother, and Ava, his sister, who had donated her bone marrow, in an attempt to save his life from leukaemia.

Ben is fondly recalled at Clane Tennis Club, where a bench has a name plate in his memory.

Ben died on June 9 2015 from leukaemia following an inspiring battle against cancer.

From Caragh, he attended Piper’s Hill, Naas and was the Clane Tennis Club U18 Junior Champion, when he was just 14.

Club chairman, Sean Lavin, said Ben was very professional.

Funds raised from the 24- hour marathon will go to the Barretstown project, which aids very sick children.

Ben’s mother, Orla, said Barretstown gave children a break but also gave parents of sick children some relief.

Thanking the club, Orla said: “We were very luck to have had Ben for 16 years. He loved to be here in Clane Tennis Club,” she said.