Dreams Come True Ice Hockey team prepare to battle it out
The Dreams Come True Ice Hockey prepare to battle it out the 8th annual UK Charity All Stars Ice Hockey tournament.
Dreams Come True Ice Hockey
This weekend the Dream Team will battle it out at the 8th year of the UK Charity All Stars Ice Hockey with the dream of lifting the trophy.
The UK Charity All Stars Ice Hockey began in 2008, the tournament brings former professionals, current semi-professionals and players who have never stepped on the ice together to play for different charities over the course of two days. In the months leading to the tournament, players from all across the UK fundraise for their charity. This year the UK Forum All Stars Ice Hockey has smashed their record total and now stand on £87,564 before the puck has even dropped.
Organiser Dave said "Dreams Come True has been supported since the inception of the event, due to the help of the wonderful Shona Lloyd, who was a DCT rep that myself and Gareth knew. Sadly no longer with us, but still fondly remembered for the fantastic person that she was, and in a small way, her memory lives on throughout the weekend by maintaining Dreams Come True as one of our backed charities".
The dream team have raised an overwhelming £12.000 in the lead up to the tournament, double the money raised last year, which will help to fulfil the dreams of life limited and seriously ill children and young people between the ages of 2-21.
This year's team is packed with talent. We have 6 out of 17 players that have played hockey in different forms at international level. We have Simon Kitchen who represented Ireland at the IIHF World Championship tournaments, Ross Gowdy who also represented Ireland at inline hockey. We've got 3 full Great Britain international inline hockey players in James Glover, Jo Micklam and Gemma Davies. And last but not least there's Ryan Davis, a full Great Britain ball hockey international.
As the excitement for the weekend comes close, we caught up with some of the team to get their thoughts on the weekend and why play for Dreams Come True.
Michael Walsh: Dreams Come True Captain
"As a volunteer for Dreams Come True, captaining the team this year has been an absolute honour. We’ve doubled our income from last year and I know that it’s going to make such a difference to all those families that have dreams waiting. I can’t wait to step on to the ice wearing Dreams colours on Saturday knowing that we’ve helped change lives. The weekend itself is fantastic – players of all ages and ability come together to play some hockey, have some fun and raise phenomenal amounts of money for very worthy causes".
James Glover: Dreams Come True Vice Captain
"The work that Dreams Come True carry out is massively impactful for young people and their families. It’s motivating knowing the money you are raising is going to help such a great cause".
Gary Froud: Former Captain
"It’s great to get the hockey community of fans and ex-players involved. I have only missed one All-Stars as I was playing in Switzerland. Having played for many years at all different levels and in different countries, I still reckon the most fun weekend in the hockey calendar is this one. It’s good to see new faces each year and I think everyone has a great time and gets to see what it’s like to be part of a hockey team – long may it continue".
"Representing Dreams Come True is an honour, especially seeing the tireless work that they do. Knowing that the money we help raise impacts and makes such a difference to many lives, it is truly a humbling experience and one that I’m proud to be a part of".
"I am delighted to be playing for this fantastic charity this weekend. The work the people do to make children’s dreams become a reality is inspiring and I can’t wait to put the jersey on to represent them".
Not only has the team worked hard in gaining funds, the players have been out on the ice practising their skills ahead of the weekend. ITV caught up with our Irish players to find out how they were getting on.
Claire from Dreams Come True said:
"We are overwhelmed by the commitment of the Dreams Come True team, the entire team are excellent ambassadors for the charity. The effort that has been put in to raising awareness and funds for the charity has been phenomenal. Myself and Katie are looking forward to cheering the team on at the weekend. A special thank you goes to Michael Walsh, this year’s team captain, not only for all the work he has done in the run up to the tournament, but for also being a fantastic volunteer for Dreams, all while working full time and looking after his family!".
To support the team and help fulfil the dreams of life limited and seriously ill children and young people, you can donate on their JustGiving page.