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Leeds marathon squash game in memory of friend

MARATHON EFFORT: Back from left, Garry Hope, Mark Burnely, Steve Allison, Martin Gilliard, middle Jon Priestnall, Alex Langley, front Richard Grayson.

MARATHON EFFORT: Back from left, Garry Hope, Mark Burnely, Steve Allison, Martin Gilliard, middle Jon Priestnall, Alex Langley, front Richard Grayson.

Dedicated friends from a south Leeds squash club have battled it out on the court for a marathon 26-hour game in memory of a former member.

The team of 10 from Rothwell Squash and Racketball Club played the sport non-stop from 4pm on Friday until 6pm on Saturday, January 4.

It is hoped the gruelling event will raise £2,000 for St Gemma’s Hospice, which is where the club’s former treasurer, Peter James, was cared for.

Peter passed away from cancer at the age of 82 and despite his age, he was an avid squash player – playing up to five times a week.

Friends and fellow members Richard Grayson and Garry Hope helped organise the fundraiser.

Richard, 31, said: “Peter passed away a couple of years back and St Gemma’s looked after him, so we decided to do it for them.

“Peter did an awful lot of work for one of the churches in Rothwell and looked after lots of things for the squash club.

“He was a kind, caring guy and was always laughing and smiling.”

Speaking about the fundraising challenge, Richard added: “The mental side of the event is the hardest part.

“But it is all for a good cause.”

St Gemma’s Hospice in Moortown, Leeds, provides specialist medical and nursing care for people with life threatening illnesses.

Care is free of charge to patients and their families and the hospice relies on donations and local fundraising initiatives in the community to continue its work.

To sponsor the squash team and help raise money for the local hospice, visit: www.justgiving.com/teams/rothwellsc

For more about St Gemma’s hospice, go to: www.st-gemma.co.uk

 

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