Local MP gets a grip for Bliss

February 21, 2012 11:17 AM

Tom with junior members of the Rosehill Table Tennis ClubTom Brake last week completed the fourth stage of his Olympic Gold Challenge for Bliss by training with members of the Rosehill Table Tennis Club.

The MP for Carshalton and Wallington headed down to the clubhouse near Sutton Tennis Centre in Rosehill to join the members for their usual Friday evening session. He used the opportunity to meet with members of the Club Committee, including founder member Derek Wedge, and to discuss the club's local activities.

Tom said: "I really enjoyed my time playing with the club last week. It's a great community club, and attracts players of all different ages and backgrounds which makes for a very welcoming atmosphere."

Tom also got the chance to challenge some of the club's more talented junior members who had stayed on for the adult session to a match, which he regretted soon after.

Getting to grip with top spin for BlissHe said: "Some of the junior players are already at a very high standard, and all credit must go to the club for nurturing and encouraging talent from an early age."

The rest of the Challenge will see Tom take part in another five sporting events, including running the 100m sprint at the brand new Olympic Stadium on April 1st, before finishing with the gruelling Blenheim triathlon in early June.

Tom is undertaking the challenge to raise money for Bliss, a charity that provides care and support for the 80,000 babies who are born sick or prematurely every year. For more information about the Challenge and to donate, visit www.justgiving.com/tombrakegoldchallenge.

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