Sporting endurance and charity are joining forces at Spalding’s Castle Sports Complex for an attempt on a badminton world record.
Duty managers Stuart Cunnington (22) and Lewis Pearson (25) are taking on workmates Andrew Scoot (27) and Richard Johnson (33) in a 30-hour doubles marathon from 8.30am tomorrow until just after 2.30pm on Saturday.
The aim is to raise at least £3,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association in memory of former Castle duty manager Karen Sanderson who died of MND in July last year, aged 47.
Karen, more widely known under the surname Plane, worked at the sports centre in Albion Street for 24 years but also won countless trophies and medals as a member of South Lincolnshire Competitive Swimming Club.
Richard of Sandy, Bedfordshire, said: “I managed Karen for a period and she was always full of energy, always ready to help and such a great asset to the team here.
“Quite a lot of our members said they knew Karen and made reference to what a nice person she was, so when I heard about what Stuart and Lewis were doing, I told them that I wanted to be a reserve in case anything happened to them.
“Then Andrew came on board as we wanted to take the strain off Stuart and Lewis by playing doubles, instead of singles.
“But it’s also about raising awareness of the MND Association so that more people can donate to it.”
Andrew of Bourne said: “We’ve had a lot of interest so far and about £800 has been donated so far, but we’re still short of where we want to be and the biggest part of it is getting people down here to pop in and out for the 30-hour match.”
The world record attempt is one way to emphasise the important role sports and leisure centres play in the South Holland community which is central to our Shop Local, Eat Local, Play Local campaign in support of independent businesses in our area.
To donate, go to www.jusgiving.com/Stuart-LewisBadmintonmarathon/