Eastleigh’s MP Mike Thornton took a beating yesterday – all in the name of charity.
The MP was at the Fair Oak Squash and Racketball centre on Campbell Way to support a junior charity squash tournament being held this weekend in aid of the Children in Need appeal .
The tournament has been organised by 14 year-old Ben Vincent.
Ben, a Wyvern College student, said he had been inspired to start fundraising for Children in Need after watching previous appeals on TV and was hoping to raise over £200 from the weekend’s events which include a raffle and a cake sale.
Mike Thornton said:
“I was so pleased to be asked to be part of this because he has done all the work himself. He’s done a great job in raising money for a fantastic cause. I think it’s astonishing.”
Ben already plays in the men’s team at the club and Mike Thornton- who is also a keen player – came prepared to take to the court to face Ben in a friendly match. Said Mike:
“I hope it’s not going to be too embarrassing but I can’t come down to one of my local clubs and not play, I think he is going to show me how to play properly.”
In the event, after a tightly fought match, hot shot Ben went on to beat the MP 11-7 and the latest news is Ben and the charity players passed their target and raised £450.
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