Enfield Ignatians have given themselves a fighting chance of weathering the fallout from the Covid-19 crisis by successfully raising £20,000.

This is the result of the generosity of 175 club members/supporters/friends whose donations were made during the course of a 56 day period.

The total amount raised far exceeded original expectations as the club’s initial aim was to match the £2,500 funding from Sport England. Needless to say, the £5,000 target was easily achieved.

Consequently, the club was able to raise the bar for its Covid-19 Fightback Scheme, and, as a result, the subsequent targets of £10,000 and £15,000, proved well within reach, as Ignatians pushed the boat out further by raising the final target to £20,000.

Again, the club rallied splendidly and, with the August 8 deadline fast looming, the donations continued to pour in as the club achieved its target with minutes to spare.

Club spokesman Martin Baker said: “During the pandemic, the members had earlier shown generosity towards the NHS [by raising money], and now our club has benefitted from the wonderful largesse of so many people.”