Veterinary staff completed a 24-hour table-tennis event to raise funds for Dogs Trust and animal rescue charity, the Celia Hammond Trust.

Mandeville Veterinary Hospital head vet Jeremy Steward, left, with table tennis players, Lesley Storey, a receptionist at Mandeveille, Anne-Marie McGivern, a registered veterinary nurse at the Harrow Weald branch of Goddard Veterinary Group and Adrian Hayter, practice manager at the Mandeville.

Teams from Mandeville Veterinary Hospital in Northolt, Middlesex, and the north west London branches of the Goddard Veterinary Group took part.

The Mandeville group, led by head vet Jeremy Stewart and practice manager Adrian Hayter, began at 3pm on Friday July 10 and finished at 3pm the next day.

Twelve staff took part in 60-minute shifts with many other staff supporting them. In between stints at the table, players were able to enjoy a barbecue, waterslide and badminton in the garden of the Mandeville Veterinary Hospital.

Mr Hayter said it had been an extraordinary 24 hours.

“We had our core team of players and we had staff and friends popping in at all times of the day and night to lend their support by joining in the table tennis matches,” he said. “It was such fun and this is what kept us going through the wee small hours.

“We held a raffle for a life-size cat cake baked by one of our nurses and this raised £100 on the day,” he said. “With donations, we’re hoping to have raised a decent amount for these two very worthy charities.”

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