12-hour ‘fenceathon’ will help raise cash

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A 12-HOUR fenceathon between youngsters is to take place in a bid to raise funds for a club.

Fencing pistes will run back-to-back from 8am to 8pm as challengers take it in turns to participate in the fencing marathon, on October 8.

After the mammoth stint, members of the JPCT Junior Fencing Club will then celebrate with a sleepover, in the John Pounds Community Trust, in Portsmouth where the group practises.

Each member is sponsored to be part of the team, and all money raised from the event will go towards the centre, before being split between the JPCT and the Respect Programme.

It is the sixth time the club’s annual event has taken place, and members have decided to donate some of the funds they raise to other charities.

Kevin Reily, who runs the fencing club, said: ‘We just want the children to enjoy it.’

The club intends to spend any money raised on fencing kit, which costs £200 each.

As a thank you for the gesture, the centre has laid on a sleepover in members’ honour where they will sleep from 8pm to 8am the following day.

All of the centre’s facilities will be available to them for activities including access to computers, movies, the gymnasium, games, and a hot dog feast.Call (023) 9289 2010.