A group of five-a-side footballers from Downham are aiming to smash the Guinness World Record for non-stop play with a 50-hour game.
The event will raise funds for the Michelle Sherwood Cancer Fund in memory of Richard Grimes, of Nordelph, who died in February.
Mr Grimes’ son, James, and 15 other players hope to raise £2,000 at the marathon match, starting at 7pm on Friday, October 18, at the multi-use games area (MUGA) behind Downham Academy.
Mr Grimes, 50, was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer in December last year. James, 23, said: “Me and my mum had to get through it. We had no-one come to see us and no support or counselling before, during or after. It made me determined to ensure others don’t have to witness what I did,” he said.
He is being helped by his friend, Oliver Gray, whose aunt, Michelle Sherwood, died in her 20s, leading her family to start a charity for the care and comfort of cancer patients. He also thanked Ben Clark, Adam Ambrose, Max Harrison and Dave Metcalfe for their support.
The current world record for continuous five-a-side play is 42 hours. Each player will play for three hours, with a five-minute break every hour, and then have an hour’s rest.
So far, £500 has been raised at a race night and each player has gained at least £100 in sponsorship. Help is still needed with food and drink for the players and low-level lighting for night-time play.
To contact James, please phone 07907 111406.