Nottinghamshire Hospice

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Tennis pro Sarah is game for a challenge in 24-hour world record bid

Nottingham tennis enthusiast Sarah Wright is all set to pound the courts in a 24-hour tennis-athon across clubs all over the county in an attempt to create a new world record.

Sarah, a Sales Manager with Totaljobs in Nottingham, will play non-stop tennis at a minimum of 15 clubs across Nottinghamshire, raising vital funds to help patients with terminal illness at Nottinghamshire Hospice. A former junior national tennis champion, now captain of the over 35s England squad, she aims to raise £10k through her epic fundraiser due to take place on 7-8th June.

Sarah said. “My grandmother used to volunteer at the hospice 27 years ago and was named volunteer of the year, so we have that family connection going back a long time. What you do there is phenomenal so I’d love to raise lots of money for you. My goal is £10,000.”

Sarah is going for the ‘Most tennis clubs played in 24 hours (female)’ record and one of the requirements is that she must travel between clubs on public transport or on foot, so after the buses and trains stop running at 2am Sarah will run between clubs, before getting the 5.20 am train to Attenborough.

She will play one set at each location, covering clubs as far flung as Attenborough, Grantham, Bingham and West Bridgford. She estimates that during the 24-hours she will run at least the distance of a full marathon.

Sarah, who is a longstanding member of the West Bridgford Tennis Club and qualified coach, will launch her fundraising appeal at the Nottinghamshire Lawn Tennis Association Awards Night on March 8th at The Broken Wheelbarrow, Notts County Football Club.

Sarah is no stranger to tennis marathons, last year she played non-stop tennis at West Bridgford club over 24 hours to raise funds for a childrens’ hospice.

“I had a great time last year, the team effort it took was amazing and we want to go one better by trying to break a world record, and double our fundraising target,” she added.

“Over the next three months I’ll be training five times a week, as well as playing tennis I’ll be doing a lot of running and strength training, whatever it takes to be the fittest I can possibly be”

Gemma Taylor-Mahon, Partnerships Development Lead at Nottinghamshire Hospice said: “We’re so impressed by what Sarah is doing, it’s truly awe-inspiring! We’re delighted she’s chosen to support us. We’re really excited by the world record attempt and looking forward to supporting her with this in any way we can.”

Sarah’s marathon is just one of a number of fundraising feats that hospice supporters are embarking on in its Spring into Action campaign which kicks off next week, aimed at encouraging people to sign up to a challenge to raise money for Nottinghamshire Hospice.

Gemma added: “We have a whole host of challenges you can choose between including skydives, running and cycling events, water wipe-out and more! Sign up for one of our fundraising events or create your own!”

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