LUKE Sowerby has proved he’s got the stamina of tennis champion Andy Murray.
That’s because the 11-year-old played a game of tennis for nine hours in memory of his mother and in support of Kirkwood Hospice.
Luke, a pupil at Castle Hall School, took to the tennis court at 8am and played non-stop until 5pm, hitting balls against competitors during the tennis-athon.
It was in memory of his mother, Lynda, who died of cancer of the kidney in 2006.
Lynda, her husband David, Luke and his sister Lucy, then aged just 19-months-old, were all helped by Kirkwood Hospice and Luke decided he wanted to thank them.
His grandad Allan Chambers said: “Luke’s dad Dave has done bike rides for the hospice but Luke decided he wanted do something different.
“He loves tennis and so he decided he was going to play for nine hours.
“He was tapping it by the end but he kept going all the time.”
Luke’s tennis marathon took place at Gregory Fields Tennis Club in Highburton.
He was sponsored by family and friends and the club made a contribution and this week he’s donated £500 to Kirkwood Hospice.
Luke’s marathon effort came close to the record for a match, set by Wimbledon stars John Isner and Nicolas Mahut in 2010.
Their game lasted 11 hours and 5 mins but was spread over three days because of the weather and time.
Allan added: “He should rightly be pleased with himself. I’m impressed that it was all his idea.
“We were driving by the hospice the other night and the roof was off because of the work they’re doing and he said ‘grandad, that money I raised will help them put the roof back on.’
“It’s a great thing he’s done.”
Luke’s mother Lynda was a renal nurse at ‘Jimmy’s’– St James’ Hospital in Leeds and she was also a big supporter of Kirkwood Hospice.
“When it opened, which is 25 years since now, she went along on the opening day and she supported it before she went there,” Allen added.
“Luke was young when she died but he remembered them and wanted to do something for them”.