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Fleet woman takes on 30 day charity tennis challenge

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Fleet woman takes on 30 day charity tennis challenge

Published by Carol Musgrave at 6:00am 1st June 2019. (Updated at 12:17pm 2nd June 2019)

Photo credit: Sarah Voysey Photography

A Fleet woman launches an unusual charity challenge today - she is aiming to hit a tennis ball 200,000 times in 30 days - to help raise awareness of mental illness.

In 2016 Robyn Moore was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, as a result of what she describes as an "horrific trauma some years before."

She says after it happened she suffered flashbacks, became withdrawn and just wanted to give up.

She also says she was too ashamed to talk about how she was feeling or what happened to her.

Eventually she got professional help, which put her on the road to recovery.

Having played tennis as a child, Robyn took up the game again the same year she was diagnosed with PTSD - saying it helped her cope with what she was going through.

It also inspired to create 'Breakpoint 2019' - to push herself to physical limits, highlighting how activity can help improve mental health.

43 year old Robyn is also using it as a fundraiser for Bright Ideas for Tennis, a charity started by former Great Britain Davis Cup player, Danny Sapsford, which supports tennis clubs in the UK to increase participation and improve playing facilities.

The Breakpoint challenge, which gets underway today in Calthorpe Park in Fleet, will see Robyn hitting a tennis ball 200,000 for eight hours a day, ending on June 30.

That equates to once every four seconds for 240 hours!

She will be visiting 46 venues throughout the UK, including most of the pre Wimbledon Pro tournaments, and will be finishing at Wimbledon on June 30, the day before the championships begin on July 1.

The launch will be attended by former Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman and wheelchair tennis player and paralympic medallist Lucy Shuker.


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