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Teams needed for charity zorb tournament

Chris Barbour, from Oakham, with brothers David and Mark before a walk around Rutland Water in aid of the Orchid charity. EMN-150701-095032001
Chris Barbour, from Oakham, with brothers David and Mark before a walk around Rutland Water in aid of the Orchid charity. EMN-150701-095032001

A man who successfully battled cancer has appealed for teams to join a zorb football tournament to raise money for charity.

Chris Barbour, 29, of Hectors Way, Oakham, hopes to recruit at least six teams to take part in the event on March 1.

Chris was diagnosed with testicular cancer in March last year. Fortunately doctors were able to remove the tumour through surgery. But the experience made Chris decide to give something back.

He said: “On the back of it I did a walk around Rutland Water for Orchid, which is a male-specific cancer charity. That was very successful.”

Chris then looked for other charities to support, settling on Prostate Cancer UK. He and brothers Mark and David will run the Edinburgh half marathon in aid of the charity on May 31. But to start the fundraising process, Chris has organised a zorb football tournament at the Powerleague centre in Peterborough.

In zorb football, players wear a giant inflatable bubble over their head and torso. The bubble is designed to take the impact of any collisions, so players are sent flying in all directions during the matches.

“We played zorb football for my stag do and it was incredible,” said Chris. “We did it in early August. It was hot, very sweaty but good fun.

“I was on the opposite team to my father. Knowing that I could fly into him was weirdly satisfying.”

Chris and his brothers hope to raise about £1,200 for Prostate Cancer UK between them. They hope at least six teams of eight people will sign up to the tournament. A minimum 25 per cent of the entry free, which is dependent on numbers, will be given to the cause.

“It’s something we think will be a big help to the charity,” said Chris.

If you would like to enter the tournament, either as a team or an individual, or are interested in donating to the event, contact Chris on 07475 111304.

Visit www.justgiving.com/Chris-Barbour2015 to sponsor the brothers.


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