Cue-ing up for Narcolepsy – Elwin v Pesci
18th March 2015 - The following article is reproduced by kind permission of Town and Around
Jeremy Elwin decided to spend his fortieth birthday raising awareness and funds for Narcolepsy UK. Calling upon friend John Pesci to help, they organised a 24hour non-stop snooker match combined with a prize raffle that took place at Hunstanton Conservative Club.
Cue-ing off at 11am on Tuesday 17th March the pair completed ninety-five games of snooker with a final score of Jeremy 22 to John’s 73.
Spectator Darren Cook said: “During this marathon match John made a sixty break and Jeremy a forty-nine. All through the night they were consistently scoring in twenties and thirties and the standard of snooker didn’t drop at all. It is a testament to these guys and local snooker.”
Jeremy and Tracey Elwin’s daughter Brittany lives with narcolepsy and it was their experiences that prompted Jeremy to hold this event, not only to raise funds, but to raise awareness locally and reach out to other families facing the challenges of living with the condition.
Tracey said: “ Narcolepsy means that a sufferer cannot regulate their sleep function, Brittany can sleep for eighteen hours but she feels like she hasn’t slept at all and she doesn’t get the refreshing sleep that she needs. I am so proud of my husband and John for taking on this marathon match.”
The Operations Manager of the charity Narcolepsy UK, Nicola Rule, visited the snooker hall on Wednesday morning. She said: “We try to support our supporters whenever we can and this is such a brilliant initiative, I just had to be here.”
After the match John Pesci said: “It was tough, but it is a game we love, and it seems ironic and appropriate that we stayed awake, for all those that can't.”