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

A pub in Southsea is raising money for Children in need with a 12-hour ping pong game.

Friday, 17th November 2017, 7:11 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 1:25 pm
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

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

Roger Watson, 43, general manager at the site 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.’

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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.’

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.’

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