Children in Need: Pub raises money with 12-hour ping pong game

From left, Jacob Kennard, Gavin Moon, Ian Doyle and Sarah Talboys-Smith with Shanon Rees and Rodney Watson at the front' at the Southsea Village in Palmerston Road Picture: Habibur Rahman
From left, Jacob Kennard, Gavin Moon, Ian Doyle and Sarah Talboys-Smith with Shanon Rees and Rodney Watson at the front' at the Southsea Village in Palmerston Road Picture: Habibur Rahman
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A PUB in Southsea is raising money for Children in Need with a 12-hour ping pong game.

In a bid to spice up their fundraising efforts, staff at the Southsea Village pub in Palmerston Road decided to set up a charity ‘ping-pongathon’ in aid of Children in Need.

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The site’s general manager, Roger Watson, 43, said: ‘We decided to do a “ping-pongathon” as we have a table in our pub and people really enjoy playing it.

‘We are keeping the table tennis going for a solid 12 hours, from 11am to 11pm.’

With a fundraising target of £400, staff were pleased to break the £200 mark only two hours in.

‘People can donate £1 to £20, I don’t mind, as long as we raise some money for charity,’ added Roger.

Roger said that the response has been good, with local businesses such as O2, the Jolly Sailor on Clarence Parade and others eager to get involved.

Billy Reed, 20, from Waterlooville was taking part with other team members at O2, and said: ‘I wouldn’t highly rate my ping pong skills, but it’s for a good cause and a good laugh so why not.’