Players’ 24-hour shuttle for patients

Riverside Leisure Centre Badminton Club members hand over a cheque for �2,600 to the Daft as a Brush charity following their 24-hour badminton-a-thon.
Riverside Leisure Centre Badminton Club members hand over a cheque for �2,600 to the Daft as a Brush charity following their 24-hour badminton-a-thon.
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Club members made a racket through the night at a Morpeth venue to support a cancer-patient care charity.

Following a successful event last year, the Riverside Leisure Centre Badminton Club held a 24-hour badminton-a-thon – the ages of the participants ranged from six to 74.

A total of 45 members took part and they all stayed for many hours, with 22 going the full distance. A rotation play system was used.

This year’s good cause was Daft as a Brush and £2,600 was collected.

Head coach and player Karen Davison said: “What started off as a one-off last year now looks like becoming an annual event.

“I was thrilled with the response from club members and the best part for me was looking around at 2am at six courts full of people playing and smiling.

“We’re grateful to the leisure-centre operator One Life for allowing us to use the courts for free and giving people the chance to make a donation at its open day a week previously, and also Yehlex UK for donating a set of good-quality shuttles.”

Daft as a Brush provides staffed custom-made vehicles to transport outpatients to and from hospital free of charge.

Brian Burnie, who set up the charity after selling his Doxford Hall estate in 2009, said: “We’ve grown steadily over the last five years and this year we’re planning for 10,000 cancer-patient journeys.

“We’re very grateful to these badminton club players for their fantastic efforts.”