ALMONDSBURY sportsmen dusted off their rackets for 24 hours of non-stop tennis playing.

Players from Almondsbury Tennis Club spent 24 hours consecutively playing matches on Saturday, May 24 to raise money for the club and for Tommy’s.

The charity supports medical research into stillbirth, premature birth and miscarriage.

Fundraisers served at 8.30am, with a relay of players then keeping at least one match running for the next 24 hours.

The Under 8s started the challenge off and players of all ages took part over the coming hours, with some of the fittest players taking the night shift on.

The support team ran a barbecue and cooked up breakfast to keep the players going and raise even more money for the worthy causes.

Organiser Vicky Crocker said, “This is the first time the club has run such an ambitious fund-raiser but there were lots of enthusiastic players willing to keep things going.

“So many families have been affected by the tragedy of losing a baby that it's really struck a chord with members and their friends.”

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