One man’s 24-hour pingpongathon raises more than £2,000 for cancer charity
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One man's battle to play table tennis for 86,400 seconds – with the help of dozens of friends – has raised an estimated £2,500 for cancer support.
Rob Goodson, from Poringland, said he dreamed up the 24-hour Pingpongathon after three or four pints in the pub as a way of helping Macmillian Cancer Support, which helped his wife's grandmother.
An estimated 40 to 50 people took half-hour shifts to play with him during the endurance event, which lasted from 6pm on Friday to 6pm on Saturday, and also included a barbecue and cakes to raise additional funds.
Mr Goodson, a 37-year-old account manager at Suntory, carried out the challenge in the garage of his twin brother James, who also lives in Poringland.
He said: 'I think it was adrenaline that got me through it.'
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His worst moment was at 4am when Weatherquest forecaster Chris Bell, who he said was 'quite handy' at table tennis, upped the tempo when he arrived to do a shift, and Mr Goodson wondered how he would keep it up.
He had one early-morning break for a shower, and another in the afternoon for some food, and finally finished after a round-robin tournament.
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He said: 'I felt quite emotional. I felt like having a little cry. It was quite personal, and I wanted to raise a lot of money. When I finished it was a flood of relief.'
Alan Kirton, who helped to organise the event, said he was a little surprised by how well Mr Goodson had coped throughout the event, and added: 'It's not been quite as bad as we thought. There have been plenty of people here giving encouragement.'
Asked about the money raised so far, he added: 'It's a little bit surprising. When you are asking for money, people don't have much money to throw around. Some people were sponsoring £50 here or £20 there, when we were asking for a couple of quid. It's quite surprising how generous people have been.'
He added that there might be more fundraising challenges to come – but everyone needed a good night's rest first.
To sponsor Mr Goodson, see www.justgiving.com/robert-goodson1 or text PONG88 £2 to 70070.
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