Duo prepare to squash in the hours for Niamh

Ian Crofts and Paul Norris will attempt a squash world record
Ian Crofts and Paul Norris will attempt a squash world record

TWO men will attempt to raise money for a five-year-old who is fighting cancer by taking part in a world record squash match.

Paul Norris, 46, and Ian Crofts, 48, will attempt to set a new world record for the longest squash singles match on June 2 and 3.

They hope to beat the current world record, which stands at 32 hours and 19 minutes, when they play their marathon match at Diana’s Health & Fitness, Finedon Road, Welllingborough

They also hope to raise £10,000 for the Niamh’s Next Step appeal which was launched in January with the aim of raising £450,000 so Niamh Curry, of Wellingborough, can go to Philadelphia in America for treatment.

The five-year-old has neuroblastoma and is in need of specialist treatment.

Mr Norris, of Wellingborough, said they were inspired to act after reading about Niamh’s appeal.

He said: “I felt that I needed to so something to help. We are trying to set a new record of 35 hours and raise as much money as we can for the Niamh Curry Appeal.

“We would love people to come down to support us.

“I have been playing squash for about 17 years, but Ian is the squash county champion so I could play for 35 hours and not win a match.

“We’ll be drinking lots of energy drinks and having lots of clothes changes throughout.”

The duo’s record attempt will be documented for official Guinness World Record purposes.

People will also be able to watch their marathon effort live as it’s being streamed via http://ustream/KxKO.

To sponsor the duo’s squash record attempt go to http://www.justgiving.com/squashrecord.

Donations can also be made via text message by texting WRSM50 followed by the amount you want to donate to 70070.

People can also support Niamh’s appeal by picking up a Niamh’s Next Step wristband for a suggested donation of £2 at the Evening Telegraph office in Pebble Lane, Wellingborough. The office is open Monday to Friday from 8.45am to 5.15pm.

To donate to Niamh’s appeal visit www.niamhsnextstep.com or give £5 by texting ‘Cure50 £5’ to 70070.

If you have a fundraising event that you would like us to promote, call 01933 443560 or 01933 443562.