A pair of sixth-form students from Tunbridge Wells have completed a 24-hour table tennis marathon,, and smashed their £500 fundraising target in the process, ahead of a mission trip to Kenya in July.
Year 13 students Dan Allen, 17, and 18-year-old George Griffiths from Bennett Memorial Diocesan School will be working with a Christian charity called Turning Point in Kibera.
During their month-long trip, they will also be linking up with Mombasa charity Education for Life.
The idea for the table tennis marathon came from the friends’ love for the sport and their involvement in the Tunbridge Wells Church Table Tennis League.
The pair, who compete in the Tunbridge Wells Church Table Tennis League, began their endurance attempt at the Church of Christ in Commercial Road at 8pm on Friday March 22 and kept going until the following evening.
During their challenge, they took on nearly 40 different competitors, and started with traditional table tennis bats, before moving on to sandpaper bats, frying pans, books, and at one stage even used their phones.
Turning Point offers education and opportunities for those trapped in one of the world’s largest slums and money raised will go towards supporting the school and funding children and young people during a holiday camp. Carnforth based Education for Life cares for children “who have been forgotten by society”.
If you would like to make a donation to their fundraising effort, please visit Dan and George’s JustGiving page.