Game of 24 hours

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FUNDRAISING footballers will test their stamina to the limit when they battle it out for charity - for a full day.

Sixteen players have signed up to be part of a 24-hour marathon challenge in Seaton Carew next month to raise money for the Jo and Mya Memorial Fund.

But the game’s organiser Keith Adams told the Hartlepool Mail you ain’t seen nothing yet.

He’s got two even bigger football-related challenges planned in Hartlepool next year and both could potentially be world record breakers.

In April 2014, Keith is organising a 52-hour sponsored match which would be the longest ever played.

And next June, he’s hoping to set a new world’s best for the most people ever to play in a five-a-side football match.

The current record is more than 600 and Keith said: “We are looking for more than 700 to come forward.

“If you look at it that way, next month’s 24-hour game is a bit of a stroll in the park!”

Keith is the events and fundraising manager for the memorial fund which was originally set up by Ian Richardson.

Ian named it after his wife Ian Joanne, 40, and eldest daughter Mya, aged six, who died in a road accident in 2010. He and his youngest daughter Ava, now aged two, survived.

Ian has since formed the fund to support children who have lost loved ones. The 24-hour football match will be held from 7pm on Friday, November 22, at the Sports Domes in Seaton Carew.

Among the players involved are members of the boy band The Risk who appeared on X Factor.

Keith said: “Each player is getting at least £150 sponsorship, but many of them have gone well past that. We hope to raise around £1,500 for the charity. We know there will be fatigue and tiredness, but hopefully the players will pick each other up.”

Keith said his main aim in all of the ventures was “to think about how best to raise publicity and money for the charity”.

lFor more details on the forthcoming charity challenges, visit the Jo and Mya Memorial Fund website at www.joandmya.co.uk. To back the players involved in next month’s 24-hour challenge, visit http://www.justgiving.com/teams/soccer24

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