24-hour ‘tennisathon’ fundraises for charity

The team took on a 'tennisathon' for 24 hours to raise money for Alzheimer's Research
The team took on a 'tennisathon' for 24 hours to raise money for Alzheimer's Research

Jamie Sherwood, 18, organised the event, which took place on Friday, September 25 at Winterton Hall, Plaistow.

The 24-hour tennis event began at 7pm and Jamie 
and five friends took turns playing a combination of doubles and singles tennis through the night.

Play stopped on Saturday 
at 7pm when they could 
finally take a rest.

Jamie’s great-grandmother, Babs, 95, was diagnosed 
with Alzheimer’s disease six years ago.

Jamie, who is studying A-levels at The Weald sixth form in Billingshurst, said: “My great-grandmother has had Alzheimer’s disease since I was little and it’s a very tough disease.

“Luckily she is still able to live in her own home, but she requires constant care.

“Sadly she doesn’t recognise me any more 
when I visit her, which 
is hard as I was very close 
to her.

“Fortunately she continues to be the same loving and gentle woman she was before this cruel disease took hold, but it’s awful to 
watch someone you love go through this.

“I decided to support Alzheimer’s Research UK because I want to make a difference so that one day there will be the treatments in place that give people the chance to recover from Alzheimer’s and other dementias.”

For more information, or to help Jamie raise money, visit www.justgiving.com/Jamie-ARUK

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