Simon’s marathon tennis fundraiser

Simon Jeffery, a PE teacher at Firth Park Community Arts College
Simon Jeffery, a PE teacher at Firth Park Community Arts College
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A PE teacher took on a tennis marathon - playing a 12-hour match to raise money to support a colleague during a difficult time.

Simon Jeffrey, from Firth Park Community Arts College, was inspired after the marathon tennis match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon last year.

He raised money for the Sick Children’s Trust which runs Treetop House at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, a ‘home from home’ where parents can stay while their loved ones receive treatment.

Simon, who has raised nearly £2,200, picked the charity after a colleague stayed there while his son was treated for a bowel condition.

He said: “I spent a few months trying to come up with an excuse for playing for 12 hours straight in an attempt purely to see how difficult it would actually be.

“But then I thought of the idea of a fundraiser as there is no better excuse than to raise money for a charity as worthwhile as the Sick Children’s Trust.

“After 12 hours, 58,000 steps, and 43km covered, I had played 185 games and all my muscles and joints were aching. I was exhausted but happy.

“This was by far my most difficult match ever but the hardships I faced paled into insignificance compared to those which the families supported by The Sick Children’s Trust endure each year.”

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