Linden House residents were set for some friendly table tennis this summer when a rising star of the sport agreed to join them.
Fourteen-year-old Matthew Daish, one of the top players in England for his age, is to share tips and offer gentle practice during visits.
In return we are helping towards Matthew’s travel and coaching costs this year.
Lymington-based Matthew already has a connection with us having sung in the town’s St Thomas’ Church choir on visits to our homes. He started playing table tennis aged six and became an under-11 national champion in 2012. He is currently the under-15 Hampshire county champion and a senior doubles champion.
In the Bournemouth league Matthew holds the under-15, under-18 and Premier Division titles. With ambitions to play in the Commonwealth Games and Olympics, he trains for up to 15 hours a week.
Linden House Home Manager Ruth Wildman said: “This will be great fun for our residents. They will love the chance to meet Matthew, see his skills in action and learn some tips for themselves. We’re even planning to hold a tongue-in-cheek ‘Challenge Matthew’ competition.”
Matthew, whose playing kit now features the Colten Care logo, said: “I am very grateful to Colten Care for their generous support. It will enable me to enter more tournaments, receive better training and develop as a player. Colten Care cares – thank you!”