Scarborough Bowls Centre honour national champion Carole McLean

Plaque of Carole McLean

The plaque in memory of Carole McLean was unveiled on 14 November

Scarborough Bowls Centre have unveiled a plaque in honour of Carole McLean, who died aged 27, shortly after winning the national women's singles title.

A major fundraising campaign for ovarian cancer, which took McLean's life in June, is also being launched.

Ladies captain Brenda Foster told BBC Radio York: "Carole joined as a junior and became an international under-25.

"She was a lovely lady, a friend to everyone and a mentor to many, so we're trying to honour her."

McLean was born and bred in Scarborough, attending Graham School and Yorkshire Coast College.

The Scarborough Indoor Bowls Club, based at the Centre, have organised a fundraising week which starts on 20 November with a juniors' fun game.

Five days later, the England Ladies President's team will play four rinks against the club in a friendly.

The club will also host a visit from Avit Bear, McLean's mascot, who is dressed in the colours of one of her favourite football teams, Scottish giants Rangers.

"Avit will be travelling the country, where he will be visiting different indoor bowls clubs raising money," Foster added.

"Carole was a very sporty person, I believe she played football in her early years in Scarborough."

The club's fundraising week will end on 26 November with an unusual game of cricket bowls, a novelty invented by one of the club members.

"Several clubs have asked us for the rules of the game, because they feel it is a good way of introducing juniors to play a drawing shot, which is the main shot," Foster added.

"In March 2012 we hope to bring Avit back to Scarborough to present, to Carole's family, the final cheque for the money they will have raised between now and then."