A host of present and former professional ice hockey players will take to the ice to raise much-needed funds for Brimble Hill Special Needs School.
The charity match takes place on Saturday, July 28th at the Swindon Ice Arena and will see hosts Swindon Spitfires Recreational Ice Hockey Club take on a Brimble Hill Elite side.
Some of the big names already confirmed are Toms Rutkis (Cardiff Devils), Scott Harding (Bracknell Bees), Adam Harding (MK Lightning), Adam Andrews (Nottingham Lions) and Ryan Watt (Streatham).
Spitfires manager and charity match organiser Simon Bellamy has a child who attends Brimble Hill and is hoping the match, which is in its second year, will attract a large crowd and raise a decent amount of money for the school.
“Last year was a great success and we raised a good amount of money,” said Bellamy. “My youngest attends the Brimble Hill School and we wanted to do something local to continue that tradition and raise the profile of the great work they do there with the kids.
“This year it’s got to be bigger and better.
“We’ve kept it quite low at £2 minimum ticket donation so that hopefully people donate more on the day as well.
“We’ve found people paying £15-£30 for a ticket instead of £2, so everyone can help in their own way and it’s open to everybody.”
Main sponsor for the charity match is Elite Hockey Ltd and its owner Ben Jones is delighted to be part of the event saying; “This is an amazing opportunity to not only raise funds but also increase awareness of a great charity organisation.
“To be able to pull so many amazing players from across the UK leagues together to help us has been outstanding.
“This is why ice hockey is truly the greatest sport in the world. There is a respect and a commitment to fans and organisations that help keep us playing the game we love.
“It is great for myself as the owner of a newly-formed UK ice hockey brand to be able to show our support and use our resources to bring this together at the request of Simon and the Spitfires team.
“I am looking forward to the event and I know our entire team as well as the Swindon spitfires are keen to give the crowds a show and help to make as much money as we can for Brimble Hill Special School.”
Anyone who would like to donate to this charity event can do so via their MyDonate page via the link below.