Ben beats MP in charity squash match

Mike Thornton MP and Ben Valentine with Junior Squash tournament players

Mike Thornton MP and Ben Valentine with Junior Squash tournament players

 

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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Mike Thornton MP Congratulates Ben

Mike Thornton MP Congratulates Ben

  1 comment for “Ben beats MP in charity squash match

  1. Pauline
    November 22, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Not the sort of “beating” he deserves FIB DEM….

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