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Salford University students in bid to break hug record

Faisal Mohyud-Din and Mohammed Azeem
The pair are hoping to remain in an embrace for 24 hours and 15 minutes

Two students are locked in an embrace as they bid to break the world record for hugging to raise money for the Christie Cancer Hospital.

Faisal Mohyud-Din and Mohammed Azeem, who have only known each other for four months, are aiming to beat the current record of 24 hours and one minute.

The Salford University students will donate money raised to the new Christie centre at Royal Oldham Hospital.

"We are all at risk of suffering cancer in our lives," they said.

The pair started their potentially record-breaking feat at 2020 GMT on Monday and aim to finish the extended hug at half-time during Oldham Athletic's game with Leyton Orient on Tuesday evening.

They are being monitored throughout the challenge, and remained in the conference room of an Oldham hotel overnight where they had to stay awake at all times.

"We are aiming for 24 hours and 15 minutes," 21-year-old Mr Azeem said.

"We want to well and truly smash the record so we can't be beaten."

'Hug for all'

A stand has been set up in Oldham town centre where the pair will remain throughout the day. Passers-by are being invited to donate via text or email.

Mr Mohyud-Din, who is training to compete in the 2012 Olympics, said: "We want to raise as much as we can.

"We were approached by the charity and we thought we'd go for it."

Alicia Custis, head of communications at The Christie, said: "We wanted to do something in Oldham to celebrate the opening of our new radiotherapy centre.

"And as we are bringing world class cancer care to Oldham, we thought breaking a world record was perfect.

"This hug represents our charity logo and is a hug for all cancer patients.

"We are so grateful to Faisal and Azeem for supporting the Christie with this impressive feat of endurance."

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