Silver lining at end of effort

Fred Morris, Christine Payne and Martin Plane (front) act as stewards at Castle Sports Complex, Spalding, during an attempt on the world record for the longest badminton doubles match ever played, in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.  ANL-140425-170551001
Fred Morris, Christine Payne and Martin Plane (front) act as stewards at Castle Sports Complex, Spalding, during an attempt on the world record for the longest badminton doubles match ever played, in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association. ANL-140425-170551001
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Four staff at Castle Sports Complex, Spalding, faced the pain barrier to raise hundreds of pounds in memory of a former colleague.
Stuart Cunnington, Richard Johnson, Lewis Pearson and Andrew Scoot spent 21 hours on the badminton court in an unsuccessful attempt on the world record for the longest doubles match ever played.
The match was in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association and ex-Castle duty manager Karen Sanderson who died of MND last July.
Although the quartet missed out on the record by about nine hours, they have so far raised about £1,500 for the charity.
Richard said: “Everyone was really disappointed that we didn’t make it but because of injuries, we couldn’t carry on.”
Stuart said: “We’re reasonably happy with the money raised and we’d like to thank the staff and public who supported us.”
You can still donate at www.justgiving.com/Stuart-LewisBadmintonmarathon/

Pictured are Fred Morris, Christine Payne and Martin Plane stewarding at the world record attempt. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG250414-121TW.