Lance Corporal Lewis Bishop has been busy bringing one hundred Army and RAF members together for a 24-hour football event, raising more than £1,500 for Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.
‘Every year I always think of a new challenge to do.
This year I decided on a hobby that I enjoy and one I knew others would take part in. I’ve known a few people who have done a 24-hour event before, so I thought I would mix the two together for a big fundraising event.’
This isn’t the first fundraiser Lewis has taken part in on behalf of Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, last year, Lewis with his fellow army buddy, Joe completed a 24-hour cycle for the charity. The duo decided on the challenge after Joe’s girlfriend, Becca was diagnosed with lung cancer.
You can read more about Becca who took part in our Spot the Difference campaign last year, here.
‘I’ve been fundraising for a number of years now. My mum passed away from cancer at Bolton Hospice, so I’ve done fundraisers on their behalf. When Becca was diagnosed, Joe wanted to do a fundraiser and I saw it as an opportunity to help another charity, I know Becca is a big admirer of Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.’
Hosting a 24 hour football event
‘I hosted the event at MOD Stafford because that’s where I’m based, and I had spread the word about the event to my fellow colleagues.
In total we had over one hundred Army and RAF members join us on the day. There were five teams and two pitches for the event with each team playing for two hours straight followed by a 30 minute rest.
Each team played around 60 games each and over the 24 hours over 500 goals were scored!’
I was a bit worried that no one would turn up and we wouldn’t raise enough money, but once everyone arrived and pushed through the games, they seemed to enjoy it, even more so after some sleep.
Lewis and his fellow army colleagues proved their endurance and dedication for this fundraiser, but this isn’t the final fundraiser for him just yet.
In fact, Lewis intends to put his endurance to the test even more by running a marathon whilst pulling a military land rover… Keep your eyes peeled on the website for more fundraising adventures from Lewis.