Table tennis sessions raise money for man diagnosed with cancer

Karl Bullimore
Karl Bullimore
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Grantham and District Table Tennis League is raising money for a former player who has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

The league is raising money for Karl Bullimore throughout the summer by inviting people along to sessions at the Table Tennis Centre at The Meres on Mondays between 7.30pm and 9.30pm. up until August 1.

Grantham man Karl, 63, was diagnosed with stage four advanced bladder cancer in October last year. It is an aggressive and extremely rare form of the disease. Fewer than one per cent of all bladder cancers are of this type.

Not only is Karl a former table tennis player but he also played football for Harrowby United and is a member of Grantham Swimming Club.

John Mapletoft, of Cliffdale Chandlers table tennis club, says people can make a donation when they go along to the sessions where they can get coaching and also take part in the beat the Robot sessions.

John said: “Karl was a very good player. Any members of the public who want to have a go will be welcome. Just turn up on the night.”

Karl’s family is raising money to pay for research into fighting the disease.

The family is desperate to raise as much money as possible to pay for specialised chemotherapy drugs. But these cost about £5,000 for each chemotherapy session and they would be used until a target drug can be found. To make a donation go to