Spectators and players dug deep into their pockets over the weekend as they got involved in raising money for the Batten Disease Family Foundation and the Jane Tomlinson Appeal while enjoying playing and watching top, live sporting action at College Grove. The Ladies 1st team (led by current England and GB medal winner Sally Walton) continued their promotion push with a 4-1 victory over Sutton Coldfield. While the Ladies 2s saw off mid-table opponents Morpeth 4-1 and the Men’s 2’s defeated Chester Men’s 1st team 2-0. On Sunday our Under 16 Girls won their place in the National Cup finals with 3 straight wins at the qualifiers while parents at College Grove enjoyed bacon sandwiches! Donations, programme sales, a raffle and refreshment sales totalled a remarkable £1000 for inspirational causes.
Immediate Past President Chris Partridge explains “We are pleased to be able to offer the opportunities for young people to play and watch sport in a family friendly setting and delighted to support such worthy causes. Our chief coach, ex GB International Norman Hughes together with his wife Pam selfishly devotes many hours to helping and coaching others while caring for their 35 year old daughter, Amy who suffers from the debilitating, progressive symptoms of adult onset Batten Disease and its great to see that we have been able to do so much in return by supporting these charities.”
Batten Disease is a genetic neurodegenerative disease. Symptoms include loss of vision, epilepsy, dementia and loss of abilities such as walking, eating and talking. At present there is no cure. The Batten Disease Family Association provide support and advice around caring for a person with Batten Disease and raises money to fund research into this deadly disease so that in the future people like Amy will not have to suffer. Further information: www.bdfa-uk.org.uk
Bidding has opened in Wakefield Hockey Club’s Silent Auction with keen competition for a range of lots including sporting memorabilia and items from local businesses – details at http://www.wakefieldhockeyclub.co.uk/index.php/events.html Closing date for bids is 16th March 2015.
Club member Tom Smith, having benefitted from Pam and Norman’s enthusiasm, coaching and example, has set himself another challenge. “On 28th June this year I will be completing an Ironman Challenge in Nice, France. I must swim 2.4 miles (in the Mediterranean), cycle 112 miles (including 5,000ft of ascent into the Alps) and run 26.2 miles (a full marathon). When the going gets tough I know I will think about Amy, Pam and Norman and be inspired to push on to the end.”
You can support Tom’s efforts at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/smithy183
You can read more background to this story in our Hockey Charitable Events here.