Donors wanted at Norwich table tennis event

A Norwich father has issued a plea for people to sign up to be bone marrow donors at a 24 hour table tennis event.

Andrew McFadyen is hosting the day-long challenge that will see his friend, James Metsoja, play hundreds of ping-pong games at St George's Church, Colegate.

The non-stop games will take place from 11am on Sunday February 13 and finishes at 11am on Monday February 14.

The 35-year-old teacher of Swardeston organised the event in aid of the Anthony Nolan Trust after receiving a life-saving bone marrow donation when he fell ill with aplastic anaemia.

Groups visiting include the Norwich Airport Fire Service who will take part in their kit, whilst musician Ben Grizzly will be DJ'ing world music on the Sunday evening.

Mr Metsoja, a 27-year-old Butcher of Grove Road, Norwich, said: 'I love playing ping-pong, and I am hoping to get at least 100 people to sign up to the bone marrow donor register as well as raise money for this amazing charity.'

Mr McFadyen faced a gruelling nine-month wait to find a donor, which was interspersed by the birth of twin daughters in December 2010.

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For more information contact Mr McFadyen on 01508 578671