Mike Mitchell

Charities

The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity
We raise money to help The Royal Marsden provide world-class care for cancer patients, and to support the hospital’s pioneering work in cancer research and education.
NSPCC
We’re the only charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK and Channel Islands. That’s why we help children who’ve been abused to rebuild their lives, we protect children at risk, and we find the best ways of preventing child abuse from ever happening.
Tennis For Free
Tennis For Free is a charity set up to promote re-invigorating public park tennis courts across the country, opening them up for FREE to all of the community and creating thriving tennis communities run by the community, for the community. We aim to change the public perception of the game by making it fast, fun and fully inclusive, we want to introduce a new breed of player to the game and to ensure we safeguard sports facilities that are being lost at an alarming rate. Tennis For Free is on a huge expansion programme, opening up to 50 new sites nationwide in a 3 year period, bringing our weekend mass participation programme to over 40,000 new players, most of which would otherwise not have the opportunity to play the game. Ten years ago there were 30,000 public tennis courts, today there are 10,000, other public sports facilities are also being lost. Schools have sold off land to raise revenue, the government tells us we are not doing enough exercise yet it continues to allow these facilities to disappear, we at Tennis For Free aim to continue to lobby sporting bodies, lobby local and national government and do our best to save the courts that are left, encourage everyone in the community to use their facility and try out Tennis, it is after all one of the few games that can be played on an equal level by either sex or at any age, it is a game for life!
The Elena Baltacha Foundation
We provide affordable tennis opportunties to children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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Mike Mitchell

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Mike Mitchell from Wimbledon hopes to ace tennis world record while raising funds for charity

A Wimbledon bar manager is attempting to out-do Andy Murray after being inspired by his 2013 Wimbledon Championship win, and it’s all in the name of charity.

Mike Mitchell, 35, who manages Hemingway’s Bar in Wimbledon Village, will attempt to break the world record for the number of consecutive three-set singles tennis matches played over a 72-hour period. Mike is raising funds for the NSPCC, Tennis for Free and Rally for Bally.

He hopes to play between 40 and 45 opponents throughout the challenge – if Andy Murray makes it through to the final of this year’s championship, he’ll play seven opponents over two weeks.

The world record attempt begins at 8pm on Tuesday 2 June and finishes on Friday 5 June, at The Wimbledon Club. Participants playing against Mike will make a donation to the three charities and there will be a raffle and auction taking place throughout the event.

Mike said: “Every year I do an event for charity. I believe being in my position allows me to unite a community to support charity events. In 2013, 22 of us did a sky dive for the Wimbledon Guild and raised £12,000.

“I took up tennis in July of 2013, after Andy’s win, and fell in love with playing. As I have met many local players I decided last year I would hold a tennis marathon, where I played for 40 hours straight with the Wimbledon community playing alongside me in singles and doubles. We raised £5,000 for Help for Heros.

“But this year I want to go one step further and try and break a world record. So I’ll be playing for 72 hours instead.”

Vicky Sait, NSPCC community fundraising manager for south London said: “We’re really proud to support Mike and to be involved in a record breaking attempt. Especially as it’s taking place in Wimbledon and so close to the championship itself.

“We want to wish Mike the very best of luck and we’re sure that this year’s event will be his most successful yet.”

Paul from Tennis for free said “We’re thrilled Mike is raising money for the Tennis For Free Charity. One of the charity's slogans is ‘Getting more people hitting more tennis balls’ and there won’t be anybody hitting more balls than Mike between the 2nd and the 5th June. We wish him all the very best of luck in this exciting and worthwhile challenge.” Paul Jessop, CEO - Tennis For Free

The world record attempt takes place at The Wimbledon Club, Church Road SW19. Anyone interested in going along to watch and support Mike in his world record attempt, please contact in advance on 07702254410 in advance.

Recent donors

10.08.15

04.08.15 Well done x

07.07.15 well done !

30.06.15 Great effort Mike

29.06.15 Dan & Denise

23.06.15 All I can say is your a stubborn man!! You deserve the record!! Hats off to you sweetie!!

23.06.15

18.06.15 Brilliant, absolutely brilliant.

16.06.15 Well done!

15.06.15 Well Done! Sam (21)

12.06.15

08.06.15 Magic Mike. Can't wait for the next challenge!

08.06.15 Many congratulations Mike!!!

08.06.15 To Mike and Jerry O Donoghue, well done

08.06.15 Auction champers - yum!

08.06.15 I'm a bit late with my donation - well done again!

07.06.15 Well done Mike!

06.06.15

05.06.15 Well done Mike! Fantastic achievement!

05.06.15 Courageous and outstanding effort! Well done, Mike! The world needs more people like you!

05.06.15 Well done Mike! x

05.06.15 well done Mike, all for a good cause...... :)

05.06.15 Good luck!

04.06.15

04.06.15 well done mike

£12,665.00

Running total

Target:
£50,000.00
Total raised incl. Gift Aid:
£14,483.76
Total donors:
72
Last donor:
Anonymous
10.08.15  
Offline fundraising:
£0.00