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World record bid charity match in memory of Karen

Stuart Cunnington and Lewis Pearson, both staff at Castle Sports Centre, Spalding, who will attempt to set a new world record for the longest badminton singles match ever played.

Stuart Cunnington and Lewis Pearson, both staff at Castle Sports Centre, Spalding, who will attempt to set a new world record for the longest badminton singles match ever played.

Two staff members at a Spalding sports centre are preparing to break sweat for charity in memory of an ex-champion swimmer.

Stuart Cunnington (22) and Lewis Pearson (25), who both work at Castle Sports Complex in Albion Street, are to compete across a badminton court on April 6 and hope to raise at least £3,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association.

But it’s no ordinary game as the pair hope to set a new world record for the longest badminton singles match ever played in tribute to former Castle staff member Karen Sanderson who died of MND last July, aged 47.

Stuart said: “We were having a knock-around at work and then Lewis and I decided to do something for charity.

“We wanted to do it for something with a bit of significance and when we spoke to some of the other staff, they told us about Karen who worked here for a number of years.

“She was bubbly, outgoing and a lot of people were fond of her, so we’re trying to set a world record and raise some awareness of MND as well.”

Karen won a haul of medals and trophies as a member of South Lincolnshire Competitive Swimming Club in Spalding before going on to work at Castle Sports Complex for 24 years.

Her husband, Martin Plane, is helping Stuart and Lewis with their world record attempt by setting up an online page for people to make donations.

Lewis said: “We’re hoping to play badminton at the Castle for more than 24 hours and some of the staff have agreed to stay overnight and support us.

“Stuart and I are both following a strict regime of dieting and we are playing badminton regularly in a build-up to the day.”

The world record is currently held by Dutch pair William ten Zijthoff and Johan Drenthen who played for 24 hours, five minutes and 32 seconds in August 2009, raising more than £2,000 for the Foundation for Handicapped Sports.

To sponsor Stuart and Lewis, go to www.mndassociation.org or call 01775 762178.

 

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