Worthing brothers’ charity tennis triumph

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TWO brothers who staged an ambitious non-stop tennis tournament raised £2,760 for the hospital which cares for their aunt.

Keen tennis player Joshua Parsons, helped by his brother Daniel Thomas, organised his own tennis-a-thon named Marsden Matches.

Joshua, seven, who is known as Joshie to his friends, said: “I love tennis and so I just thought it would be good to use my skills to raise money for the Royal Marsden. They have been so good to my auntie.”

The brothers’ aunt, Charlotte Hammond, 43, has breast cancer and receives treatment from the Royal Marsden Hospital.

Joshua played a total of 50 matches during the tournament at West Worthing Tennis Club. He won 38 out of 50 matches, played 702 points and won 442.

Emma Berkowitz, the boys’ mum, said: “I’m so proud of them. The aim of the day was to raise money for the Royal Marsden. Joshua charged £2 to play him, which allowed the boys to raise £100 and we set a fund-raising target of £1,000 which we hoped to raise through sponsorship. But thanks to the generosity of so many, they smashed their target and raised £2,760.”

The brothers, of George V Avenue, Worthing, were sponsored by one of the top tennis players in the world, Rafael Nadal, and also received a signed Andy Murray shirt and a signed programme.

Daniel, 10, said; “Me and my brother want to do whatever we can to help find a cure for cancer.”

The tennis event was the third fund-raising activity the brothers have completed. In 2007, the pair cycled 13 miles each, raising nearly £4,000 for Cancer Research UK and in 2009, they asked friends to put a donation in their charity pot instead of buying them birthday presents.