Hockey day at Spalding club with charity in mind

Charity hockey match organiser Eva Keyes shows off some of the skills that have earned her a place in Spalding's ladies second team.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Charity hockey match organiser Eva Keyes shows off some of the skills that have earned her a place in Spalding's ladies second team. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Spalding Hockey Club hosted a charity seven-a-side tournament on Palm Sunday to raise money for Peterborough and Fenland Mind.

Organised by University Academy Holbeach art teacher Eva Keyes who also plays hockey for Spalding Ladies’ seconds, 17 matches were played in a round-robin format at the club’s home in Glen Park, Surfleet.

Hockey players from Spalding and Peterborough compete in a charity seven-a-side tournament at Glen Park, Surfleet, for Peterborough and Fenland MIND.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Hockey players from Spalding and Peterborough compete in a charity seven-a-side tournament at Glen Park, Surfleet, for Peterborough and Fenland MIND. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Club members were joined by visiting players from Peterborough for the fun tournament that raised more than £500 for the charity’s South Lincolnshire Wellbeing and Recovery Programme in Spalding, Bourne, Boston and Stamford.

Lauren Pitts, a team-mate of Eva’s who played in the tournament, said: “It was a really good day, even though the weather was pretty shocking.

“Everyone who played was enthusiastic about the reasons behind the tournament and I think it was a success.

“Knowing Eva, I think it’s something that she might want to organise again.”

Spalding Hockey Club team-mates in the Ladies 2nds side,  Lauren Pitts and Eva Keyes.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Spalding Hockey Club team-mates in the Ladies 2nds side, Lauren Pitts and Eva Keyes. Photo by Tim Wilson.

The tournament came after five staff members at the academy, including Eva and administrative assistant Stacey Borland, took part in a charity skydive a month ago.

Stacey said: “We chose to fundraise for Peterborough and Fenland Mind because we feel that it is time to educate our students and members of the public about mental health.

“At least one in four of our students will experience poor mental health at some point in their lives and we aim to educate them on how to effectively help themselves and others.

“Through these events, we want to make people aware of how many of us suffer from poor mental health and work towards removing the stigma attached to it.”

Lauren Pitts (left) puts Lauren Harvey under pressure at Spalding Hockey Club.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Lauren Pitts (left) puts Lauren Harvey under pressure at Spalding Hockey Club. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Eva Keyes shows some of the skills that have earned her a place in Spalding's ladies second team.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Eva Keyes shows some of the skills that have earned her a place in Spalding's ladies second team. Photo by Tim Wilson.