Pat Cash, the Wimbledon and Davis Cup Champion, will join Patek Philippe managing director Mark Hearn in a 24-hour non-stop Tennisthon later this month.
The event on May 18 will help raise funds for Mr Hearn’s local Parkinson’s support group, which is composed of people who have all contracted Parkinson’s and are managing it with the help of this local team.
Mr Hearn initially hoped to raise around £5,000 from the event, but support from friends and associates across the watch industry has seen donations top £50,000 already.
“The money raised will help ensure the long-term security of the group, allowing it to fund outings, special meetings, guest speakers and a variety of activities,” explains Mr Hearn.
Pat Cash says he is delighted to support Mr Hearn for the fundraiser. “Together we all share the same values to continually strive and positively contribute to the greater good. I am pleased to support Mark in his drive to raise funding and awareness for the cure of Parkinson’s,” he adds.
The former CEO of Aurum Holdings and current CEO of Radley UK Justin Stead will also take part in the marathon, which will see two teams of 12 players rotating on court, with approximately 70 to 80 sets of tennis expected to be played.
During the day of the marathon there will be barbecue and drinks, including wine donated by The Vineking, available to buy. The bar will be open all day. There will also be tea and coffee available.
There will be a raffle comprising several prizes of up to £1,000 each, such as a diamond pendant from Michael Spiers, a watch from Elliott Brown, Ralph Lauren sunglasses, and a £250 voucher from Ashworth & Bird. Other supporters include RDO, Tommy Hilfiger, Penelope Red in Reigate, and Priory Farm Meats in Nutfield.
Further details including how to donate to the cause are on Mr Hearn’s Just Giving page.