Another world record for hospice supporters
PUBLISHED: 12:00 28 August 2014
A GROUP of Weston Hospicecare supporters who took part in a 48-hour football match have been recognised as official Guinness World Record holders.
On May 10 last year, Rich Gardner and his 13 friends took on the personal challenge of attempting to break the world record for the longest-ever consecutive game of five-a-side football.
Held at Priory Community School, the match lasted 48 hours, 46 minutes with 1,894 goals scored.
The end of the attempt was by no means the end of the process.
Under Guinness World Record rules, any official attempt is required to submit substantial supporting documentation including DVD footage of the entire attempt plus several witness statements.
But a year on, it was eventually verified, which is a huge achievement as only five per cent of submitted records actually become official.
The football match was organised in memory of Rich’s father, Chris Gardner who died at Weston Hospicecare in 2012.
Rich Gardner said: “I would say it is a testament to the willpower of all involved that although the challenge was tough, every team member completed the duration.
“It is an event which myself and my team-mates feel so proud to have been a part of and being able to raise more than £5,000 towards the large sum the hospice needs to keep open every year is great.”