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Bridge Extravaganza enters record books


Bridge Extravaganza enters the record books

Since it started 16 years ago, the Bridge Extravaganza has raised more than £1.2 million for Jewish Care and as a result has officially achieved a Guinness World Record.

Patsy Bloom, Bridge Committee founder and co-chair said: “Since 1997 we have raised over £1.2 million for the vital services Jewish Care provides to our community, which truly is a great deal of money. As a result of this amazing achievement we have been recognised by Guinness World Records for having raised the most amount of money by an annual bridge tournament - cumulatively.”

“It gives me the greatest pleasure knowing that we have made a real difference to so many lives. It just goes to show what the game of bridge can achieve.”

This year’s event attracted more than 250 players to the Landmark Hotel in Marylebone on Monday 3rd December. Organised under the chairmanship of Patsy Bloom and Susan James, the money raised by the event supports the “from Home to Home” project, transporting people to Jewish Care’s centres for people living with dementia.

The dedicated bridge aficionados played duplicate, friendly duplicate, and rubber bridge. The day’s events culminated in an eagerly anticipated raffle with prizes valued at over £30,000.

The Bridge Extravaganza has been run by the small but strong Bridge Committee who have been together from the beginning. The committee is made up of Patsy Bloom: Co-Chair, Susan James: Co-Chair, Loretta Burns, Adèle Goldstein, Jenifer Rosenberg OBE, Arlette Shamash, Nathalie Shashou, Rosalyn Springer, Ghita Tarn and Shirley Young.