MEMBERS of a tennis club are hoping to serve up a fundraising ace for one of their fellow players this weekend.

Holcombe Brook Sports Club is holding a charity day on Saturday to raise cash for cancer organisations that have helped the daughter of club manager Angela Redfern.

Keen tennis player Lucy Redfern, 12, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in January this year and has just finished six months of treatment.

Now members and players from other local clubs are aiming to play 95 sets of tennis - one for every year of the club’s existence - with each participant donating money to be split between three charities.

Bury Hospice and Cancer Research UK will benefit along with the Little Princess Trust, which provides free wigs to young people suffering from cancer.

Angela said: “The Little Princess Trust was really good for Lucy when she was just diagnosed.

“It was a heartbreak going through that and they just sent a wig for free for her to use and they made it as close to her hair as possible.”

Lucy has been undergoing proton beam therapy treatment at the Christie Hospital in Manchester and is hoping to be back on a tennis court in September.

She has been a regular visitor to the club, seeing her friends at junior club night and is keeping her eye in by hitting sponge balls.

“I’m getting a lot better and it just feels like I’m in the right place,” said Lucy. “When I’m playing soft tennis in the hall, I just feel a lot better because I’m not thinking about it, I’m just having fun.”

Local companies have got behind the day, with building firm Yesero and estate agent Pearson Ferrier both supplementing members’ donations, while Viewpoint Training and The Cornell Group are sponsoring refreshments and tennis balls, respectively.

Organiser Brian Little said: “Thank you to our sponsors, to everyone taking part, and to the team who have worked hard to organise this event. Fingers crossed for good weather.”