Playing football for 24 hours to support charity

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A CYSTIC fibrosis patient has organised a 24-hour football tournament to raise money for Sheffield Hospital Charity.

Simon Oliver, aged 25, has persuaded 28 friends to start playing football at 10am on Saturday - and not stop until Sunday morning.

Simon, from Norfolk Park, said: “I suffer from cystic fibrosis, one of the UK’s most common life-threatening inherited diseases.

“If affects more than 9,000 people.

“The Cystic Fibrosis Unit at the Northern General Hospital ensures adults, both young and old, receive the care they need.”

Simon, who stayed on the new ward last September, has organised the tournament with close friends Jonathan Richards, James McCluskey and Stephen Costello.

Each of the four will captain a seven-a-side team that will play against each other on rotation.

All participants are expected to stay for the full 24-hour duration.

Simon is aiming to raise £5,000 from his ‘Make A Difference’ challenge, which takes place at Powerleague Sheffield on Stadium Way, Attercliffe.

To support the challenge, log on to www.justgiving.com/MakeADifference2012