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16 April 2013

Charity 5 aside match

A group of Bristol football fans will be taking on a record breaking challenge next month to raise money for the Weston Hospice.

The lads will be attempting to break the record for the longest ever game of 5 aside football – which currently stands at 42 hours.

The event is the brainchild of Richard Gardner, who is fundraising in memory of his father Christopher, who sadly passed away in the hospice last September.

Richard said: “My brother, sister and I are undertaking challenges throughout the year in order to raise funds for Weston Hospicecare. 

“Fifteen friends and I will undertake the attempt and it will require us to play without stopping, and stay at the venue for the duration of the attempt with subs sleeping and eating pitch side.

“The reason we are fund raising for Weston Hospice is in memory of my late father Christopher who sadly passed away in the hospice in September last year.

“We were thoroughly impressed with the hospice during our short traumatic time there.

“Throughout, the staff acted superbly towards dad making his final hours more comfortable and providing support and a comfortable environment in which to say goodbye. For the support and care we all received we will forever be grateful.”

The event, which will be held at Priory Community School in Worle, Weston-s-Mare, will be professionally witnessed and has been approved by the Guinness Book of Records as a genuine record attempt.

The teams taking part are going to be made up of players from "Marlborough United" who play in the Priory School 5 aside league and Bristol based team "Sporting-a-Toupee" who play at Brislington goals.

Gashead Michael Prior, who has played in two of the Rovers v City charity derbies, will be taking part.

He said: “This may look like just a good laugh to outsiders, but it means so much to us and it will be a painful experience going into the last day I'm sure.

“We have only limited breaks and have to remain on the premises so no beds or normal home comforts inbetween.

“We are relying on outside support of family and friends to bring us what we may need and from anybody else who wishes to contribute.”

The event takes place on May 10th, kicking off at 6pm. To sponsor the lads visit

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