Sun, 23 Jul 2023 00:00
Andy Disney, coach at Wiveliscombe Tennis Club, spent 12 straight hours on court on Sunday, July 23
to raise over £1,100 for the charity Dementia UK.
Andy, raised in Wiveliscombe and now living in Wellington, was supported by a total of 29 club
members throughout his 12-hour ‘Tennis-a-Thon’, covering almost 25 miles to raise £1,117 from
The 33-year-old is well-known locally not only as a coach for adults and children at several clubs in
the area, but also for running sessions at Taunton’s Blackbrook for wheelchair and partially-sighted
“I registered 53,225 steps and burned over 3,000 calories for a wonderful cause,” said Andy. “And I
drank almost 12 litres of water between 9am and 9pm on court.”
Club Chair Maggie Andrews, pictured with Andy at the start of his ordeal, said the whole club was
proud of Andy and his achievement, with members signing up for slots throughout the day in the
vain hope of taking advantage of his fatigue to score rare points against him.
Members with tennis racquets held high formed a guard of honour as Andy came off court at the
end of the day.