Weston dad sets sights on world record

PUBLISHED: 17:00 03 May 2011

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A WESTON father is aiming to make history and earn a place in the record books while helping a worthwhile cause.

In 2008 Darren Bane became father to Matthew, who was born at 26 weeks, weighing just 1lb 4oz.

The infant spent the first six months of his life at the neo-natal unit at St Michael’s Hospital in Bristol.

So now Darren has joined forces with South Gloucestershire Hockey Club (SGHC) to organise a special game to set the new Guinness World Record for the longest hockey match in history and raise money for the facility.

The current record, set by Omagh Hockey Club in Ireland, in August 2010, is 30 hours and 15 minutes. SGHC plans to play for 31 hours.

The attempt is taking place at Bradley Stoke Community School over the weekend of May 28 and 29.

Darren said: “I’m quite sure that without the special equipment and expertise of the staff Matthew would probably not be with us today.

“We will never be able to repay them fully for the gift they have given us, but at least we can try to give something back.”

Last September SGHC adopted Cots for Tots as its charity for the season, pledging to donate £1 for every goal each of its four league teams scores in its 2010/11 campaigns.

The group is keen to find a clock and scoreboard to have at pitchside for the attempt, as well as some independent witnesses. If anyone can help they can email darren.bane@btinternet.com or call 07787 511733.

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