Hockey fans uniting in bid to raise money for charity

CARDIFF, U.K. – The fifth annual UK Forum All-Stars event will take place this coming weekend (14th and 15th of July) in Cardiff, with over 100 players all battling it out on the ice for their respective charities, all in the name of fun and fundraising.

The UK Forum All Stars game back for its fifth year.

The UK Forum All Stars game back for its fifth year.

The event is the brainchild of Cardiff Devils fan Gareth Hubback and Sheffield fan David Grant, and it’s held annually over the summer and traditionally in a different rink each year, with Sheffield, Basingstoke, and Cardiff all hosting the events previously.
Since the events inception, it has grown in popularity, with less than forty players the first year to over 100 expected this year.
The amount of money raised each year continues to grow due to the tireless fundraising efforts of the players and organisers alike.
Gareth and David, decided that there was a gap in the market for recreational hockey players and hockey fans to meet and play the sport they love, whilst raising money for some very worthy causes.  
Last year the event was held in Sheffield with five teams battling it out on the ice, and raising a whopping £12,500 for The Sheffield Children’s Hospital, Dreams Come True, Help For Heroes, Prostate Cancer Care, and Breast Cancer Care.
Last years teams in Sheffield who raised over %C2%A312%2C500

Last years teams in Sheffield who raised over %C2%A312%2C500

Players have a wide range of ability, with some players taking to the ice for the first time, to current and former NIHL and EPL players. But regardless of ability level, the main emphasis on the weekend is to have fun and buy into the great spirit that the event has become accustomed to over the last five years.
Event Co-organiser David Grant echoed this, “ Our main aim for the weekend is simple, for people to enjoy the weekend, and it’s been built on a basis of everyone is equal who takes part in the weekend. It does not matter if you are a regular EPL/ENL/NIHL forward or someone who only plays one or two games a year – you are all the same and everyone who has played in these weekends understands this and 99.9 per cent of everyone embraces this”, Grant said.
“Mine and Gareth’s focus has always been kept to upholding this ideal by two men who was very supportive of this weekend, both mine and Gareth’s father, and although sadly no longer here to enjoy the weekend it’s their spirit and their dedication to ensuring that everyone is treat equal is our main driving force,” Grant added.
The teams this year will be Dreams Come True, Breast Cancer Care UK, Ty Hafan, Prostate Cancer Care, Help For Heroes and the Devils Community Foundation/Players’ Benevolent Fund.
The event also has a wide range of entertainment off the ice as well. On the Friday evening there will be a Hockey Night Debate and charity auction, held at the Future Inn hotel at Cardiff Bay.
Panellists include current Cardiff Devil player Max Birbraer, former players Brent Pope and Marc Twaite, current EIHL referee Mike Hicks, and Devils off ice official and sponsor Andy Corcoran.
Plenty of entertainment on and off the ice at the event in Cardiff

Plenty of entertainment on and off the ice at the event in Cardiff

The Debate starts at 7.00pm and it costs £5 for adults, and is free to children and players from the weekend.
On the Saturday and Sunday the on ice action starts at 4.30pm and lasts until 9pm with a BBQ being held on both days at the rink at 2pm, which is open to spectators as well.
The cost of admission for adults is £3 per day or £5 for the weekend, children are free to attend, but a donation would be welcomed.
So if your free this weekend I urge you to get down to Cardiff to watch some good hockey, played in a great spirit, all in the name of fun and to raise money for some extremely worthy causes.
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