Staff from the Peter Cooper Motor Group raised thousands of pounds for Sports Relief in an arduous sponsored charity initiative.

Richard O’Connell and Matt Clewes took on a full day’s sporting challenge including football, cricket, golf, tennis and basketball. Starting early in the morning, the duo completed their Sports Relief 500 challenge in just over nine hours. Each activity involved hitting, throwing or kicking 500 balls!

The two were supported through all but the tennis activity, by their managing director Darren Cooper. Also supporting throughout the day was radio and TV presenter, Michael Kurn, who proved to be an invaluable goalkeeper and batsman!

Sports mad Matt Clewes said: “The whole day was amazing and I think we underestimated what our bodies had to go through in terms of all the different sports in one day.

“To have the support that we did really spurred us on right from the minute we woke up to the moment we fell back to sleep in the evening. Whether it was phone calls or messages from friends, family and colleagues, it really meant a lot.

“The cricket challenge was really difficult and as our penultimate challenge, it tested more muscle groups than all the was a tough end to the day! Stopping wasn’t an option though, especially as we were so close to the end of the challenge.

“Rich did incredibly well and all credit to him for carrying on when he felt as if he really was struggling. We both pulled together to try and make a difference for Sport Relief and despite its physical challenges, we thoroughly enjoyed it and took a huge amount of pride from it.”

Richard added: “A massive thank you goes to Darren Cooper who allowed us to carry out the challenge and supported us on the days doing the challenges with us. Thanks also to Michael Kurn, who endured a barrage of football penalties in the football challenge, stuck the pads on in the nets for cricket and hit a few balls at Hedge End Golf Centre too.

“We also wanted to give a mention to some of our local partners who supported us and helped make it all possible. Thanks to the venues - AFC Totton, Totton & Eling Tennis Centre, Matt Bishop at Solent University and Solent Kestrels, Hampshire Cricket and the Hedge End Golf Centre. We couldn’t have taken on the challenges without your support.”

Darren Cooper, managing director of the Peter Cooper Motor Group, said: “It was a very creative way to raise a lot of money and all credit to the Matt and Rich – they did an amazing job and have helped make a difference!”

To donate please go to the Peter Cooper Motor Group page on the Just Giving site ‘Peter Cooper Sports Relief 500’.