Horsham squash players raise around £1,000 for Action Medical Research
If you’ve ever played squash you’ll know how frantic and fast-paced the sport can be.
Spare a thought then for Andy Hodson 44 and Steve Atterbury 58 who took on a marathon charity challenge last Friday (29 June).
The two colleagues from Arun Estates are based at the Horsham branch of Cubitt and West and Andy admits it was a tough day: “I like to play squash and was just thinking of ways we could help raise funds for our chosen charities this year and this seemed like a good idea at the time!
“I roped in my Area Operations Director, Steve, who doesn’t really play squash, but it was good fun. The challenge started at 10am on Friday and finished 10am on Saturday and it did get a bit warm!”
Andy played for 9 ½ of the 24 hours, whilst Steve was on court for 5.
The pair also engaged the services of Kit Pearman from the Bluecoats Sports Centre in Christs Hospital, who are kindly hosted the event, to play for 6 ½ hours.
The other 3 hours between 7pm and 10pm on Friday were spent watching some exhibition matches put on by the Bluecoats Team.
Steve says they were pleased with the turnout: “We invited people to come down and take us on which was nice.
“Toby Tennant from Action came and played a few games with both of us; I think he was trying to make us look good because he lost each time! There was just a really nice atmosphere though and it was great to see everyone.”
A raffle was also held on the day.
Prizes included a ‘Tecnifibre’ squash racket, a Mont Blanc pen, an Armani wallet, appointments with various local hairdressers, a manicure, cream tea for two, wine tasting and load more.
The pair hope to raise £1,000 for Action Medical Research and are almost there.
You can find out more about the challenge and how to donate here.
Action is a UK-wide children’s charity which funds desperately needed research to tackle the diseases that devastate the lives of so many of our children. It has been funding medical breakthroughs since it began in 1952 including helping to introduce the first polio vaccines in the UK, developing the use of ultrasound in pregnancy and testing the rubella vaccine.
The charity is currently funding research into areas including premature birth, epilepsy, asthma, scarlet fever, cerebral palsy, brain cancer and some rare and distressing conditions.
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