Ripon’s world record attempt

RIpon is to host a world record attempt as a woman who survived a double lung transplant attempts a marathon croquet game in aid of a transplant charity.

Maggie Cowman has set herself the challenge of playing a 48-hour game of croquet at Ripon’s Spa Hotel.

She will be joined by seven other members of Ripon’s croquet club, and between them they will play two at a time for two-hour slots from 6am on Monday, August 15, to 6am on Wednesday, August 17, which will set the world record for the longest game of croquet.

Maggie is also hoping the game will raise £5,000 for the Freeman Heart and Lung Transplant Association, a charity that supports patients who like her have had transplant operations at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital.

Maggie said: “Joining the Croquet Club has given me a new lease of life. It combines my love for competitive sport with the opportunity to be out in the fresh air, taking gentle exercise and improving my strength. Above everything else I have been made to feel so welcome by all the members.”

A few years ago Maggie worked for the police in Chapeltown and was a keen sportswoman playing everything from hockey to cricket. However, a number of serious chest infections forced her to retire and she was put on the waiting list for a double lung transplant.

Just over a year ago the transplant was successfully performed and, Maggie said, her life transformed.

Samantha Thompson, Managing Director of The Ripon Spa Hotel and a founding member of the club said: “It is a great pleasure to support Maggie and the other members who are taking part.”

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