Spalding Squash Club members do marathon court time for charities
Members of Spalding Squash and Racketball Club are recovering from a marathon court session all for charity.
Twelve club members took part in a 24-hour squash and racketball marathon earlier this month in support of two of their fellow players who have both fought cancer.
A fundraising target of £1,500 has been set and the cash is to be shared between two charities chosen by the pair diagnosed with cancer, one of which will be the chemotherapy suite at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital.
Scott Chuter (19), the club member behind the marathon, said: “The idea was to play as many matches over a 24-hour period as we could, with two squash players on court the whole time.
“We planned to have two teams of seven, with each of the players on one team playing everyone from the other team at least once, each match being 30 minutes long.
“But we only had 12 players who could make it so after everyone had played each other once, we had a few extra matches to fill the time.
“There were also a few people who came to watch, including family members of those who were playing.”
The round-the-clock marathon was nothing new for the club, having staged one for new-born babies’ charity Group B Strep Support in 2014.
At the time, 14 club members played matches in rotation at Spalding Squash and Racketball Club, in Holyrood Walk, Spalding, successfully raising more than £3,600 for a charity trying to stop babies from suffering meningitis and other life-threatening infections.
Scott said: “We had no events coming up at the club during the summer so I thought the 24-hour marathon would be something good to do.
“Two of our members are currently fighting cancer and so we decided that all sponsorship raised at the event would be given to the pair for them to donate to charities of their choice.
“All the players were really good, there was a nice atmosphere at the club and everyone got on with each other.
“Some of the players tried to go through the night without sleep, while other slept wherever they could.
“We had a nice, cooked breakfast and people also brought in food for lunch.
“Overall, the squash marathon was a lot better quality that I expected, with some big matches played by the club’s top players.”
You can still donate to the charities backed by the marathon at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/kelly-newell-2