A squash player is aiming to stay on court for 12 hours to raise cash for charity.
Kevin Forster has set himself the challenge as part of a range of events being held at Boldon Squash Club, Sunderland Road, East Boldon, as part of World Squash Day.
The 56-year-old, from Boldon, will take to the court at noon on Friday, October 9 – allowing himself only a 10-minute break every two hours.
Money raised will be donated to UNICEF – the chosen charity of the year for the organising body.
Mr Forster, who first took up the sport at the age of 18, said: “As part of World Squash Day, as well as raising awareness of the sport we were asked to come up with a way of raising money for UNICEF.
“We are already holding a doubles competition for our members and opening the doors to anyone wanting to give the game a go.
I haven’t played longer than 12 hours so it is going to be a real challenge.Kev Forster
“Then I just thought I could play squash for 12 hours to help raise money as well. I haven’t played for longer than two hours, so it is going to be a real challenge.”
The 12-hour squash-a-thon will be followed by an open day on Sunday, October 11 for those wanting to watch the game in action or wanting to take part in exchange of a £3 minimum donation to UNICEF. Coaches will be on hand to offer help and equipment will be supplied.
The junior coaching session on Friday will run as usual.
Mr Forster, who is also a coach, added: “I am still looking for people to play against me throughout the 12 hours – regardless of their level.”
Thought to have been invented at Harrow School around 1830, squash is now a global game. In 2003, Forbes – the renowned American business magazine – rated it as the number one healthiest sport to play.
UNICEF raises funds through donations from individuals, organisations and companies to help lobby and campaign to keep children safe in countries throughout the world.
For more information, contact Mr Forster on 07866 903364, or email firstname.lastname@example.org