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Hockey club support with season opener

Published on 9 Oct 2023

In September Yate Hockey Club selected us as their 2023 Annual President’s Opening Day beneficiary charity.

Each year, to mark the end of the summer, the club hosts a day for members to come together prior to the start of the season’s league games.

The event is a way in which to raise money for club funds but also to support a chosen charity, with a different charity being selected each year.

Participants from Yate Hockey Club's President's Day sat at the side of the pitch holding their hockey sticks and a Blind Veterans UK banner
Yate Hockey Club President's Day Credit Josh Cullum
Player running towards the ball wearing a Blind Veterans UK t-shirt
Yate Hockey Club during match Credit John Cullum

Ian, who has been the President of Yate Hockey Club for 12 years, selected our charity to benefit from this year’s event.

Ian said:

“My father, Michael, died in 2022 but for the last seven or eight years of his life he was supported by Blind Veterans UK after he lost his sight due to a degenerative eye condition.
“Michael was proud of his National Service with the Royal Air Force which he spent on bases around the Lincoln area. He was a very outdoorsy chap and big into playing and watching sport. He was a good long jumper and was demobbed just before he could have represented the RAF in the forces games, he regretted not doing that and wished he’d stayed in a bit longer.”

During the Annual President’s Opening Day, the club held a club tournament and those taking part paid £5 to enter which has been donated to our charity. A raffle and BBQ also took place with profits going towards club funds.

Ian said:

“The event went very well this year with several new members turning up and lots of youngsters getting some coaching. The weather was very hot, better though than pouring down with rain though.”

So far Yate Hockey Club has collected over £300 for us. To find out more about Yate Hockey Club and to enquire about becoming a member, visit their website

Would you like to find out how your special interest or hobby could be used to raise money for our charity? 

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