Players from Worksop’s Table Tennis League will be putting their backspin and forehand smashers to good use on Sunday 25 February when they’ll be racking up 70 playing hours between them in support of Bluebell Wood.
The 14 table tennis players will be picking up their rackets at 9am on the Sunday at Worksop Leisure Centre, Valley Road, and other than permitted ten minute breaks each hour, not putting them down again until 3pm.
Spectators are invited to go along and watch the marathon efforts of the team, and have a go at playing table tennis themselves on a couple of tables set aside for people interested in testing out their skills or taking up the sport.
The event is being organised by table tennis players Kay Wilson and Nick Sievewright. Nick is a commercial photographer who has volunteered his photography services to Bluebell Wood for the last eight years.
Nick said: “My involvement with Bluebell Wood has given me the opportunity to photograph lots of events and special occasions at the hospice, and helped me to appreciate the amazing work they do with families across North Nottinghamshire and beyond.
“I started playing table tennis when I was in the RAF many years ago, then picked it up again a year or so ago. I thought this could be a useful way to support Bluebell Wood and raise some funds to support their incredible work with children and young adults dealing with life-shortening and life-threatening conditions.”
Every player has been asked to raise a minimum of £40 in sponsorship and some have already raised well over £100.
Melanie Rose, Community Fundraiser, Bluebell Wood: “We’d like to say a big thank you to Nick and Kay for organising this great event, and wish all the players the best of luck completing the challenge. Every penny really does make a difference at Bluebell Wood and helps us support families with a wide range of services, including music therapy, art, sibling groups, counselling and end of life treatment and care.”