Two BBC website producers are embarking on a 24-hour table tennis challenge for Sport Relief at MediaCity UK in Salford this week. It is being hosted by the BBC Homepage (www.bbc.co.uk) and Joe Bradshaw and Matt Parratt will be on the table from 4pm on Thursday, 12th March until 4pm on Friday, 13th March.
“We both enjoy playing table tennis but neither of us have any history of playing it competitively,” said Joe. “We will be joined over the 24 hours by various colleagues from our team and also by some famous faces who we are expecting to drop in and visit us. BBC Radio 5 Live Drive presenter Tony Livesey will broadcast live from the table on Thursday and we are doing a stint on OJ Borg’s Radio 2 midnight show as well. We’ve also had confirmed participation from 6 Music presenter Chris Hawkins and Blue Peter’s Richie Driss.
“I am very confident of getting a number of other well-known people to join us, particularly with the other celebrity-led events taking place at Media City on the Friday for Sport Relief.”
Sport Relief is a bi-annual national campaign encouraging ordinary people to get active and raise money through the power of sport. The money is used to fight poverty and inequality in both the UK and around the world. These causes are close to the hearts of Joe and Matt, who have done challenges in the past to raise money for Sport Relief and cancer charities.
“Two years ago we led our colleagues to climb Everest … from Salford,” said Joe. “We climbed the stairs from ground floor to fourth floor (116 steps) 500 times between us to reach the height of Everest and raised nearly £1000 for Sport Relief. We’re hoping to smash that this time.”
Joe and Matt will be joined on the table at 5pm on Thursday, 12th March by two of the British Para Table Tennis Performance Squad – World and Commonwealth champion Ross Wilson and London and Rio Paralympic medallist Aaron McKibbin.
If you would like to support Joe and Matt in their 24-hour table tennis marathon please go to their fundraising page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/so-long-ping-pong