Hockey tournament to raise charity cash

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A TRIO OF fundraisers are hoping hockey fans will get behind a two-day festival in memory of a talented goalkeeper who died from cancer.

Matt Pilgrim, Karen Barkworth and Elaine Allen are all involved with Spalding Hockey Club, which mourned the loss of Paul Howden, aged 56, last December. They wanted to do something in his honour by raising money for research into the deadly disease which will affect one in three people at some point during their lives.

They have planned a two-day hockey festival and an evening of entertainment, including live music and disco.

A total of 24 teams from around Lincolnshire and beyond are lined up to take part in the mixed team tournament on Saturday and the men’s team event on Sunday.

It will be held at the hockey club’s Astroturf pitches at Glen Park, Surfleet, from 11am to 4pm on both days.

The evening event on the Saturday will be held at Spalding Grammar School, and is expected to attract about 200 people.

Elaine Allen said: “We have all got our own reasons for wanting to raise as much money as possible for Cancer Research UK as most of us have been affected by cancer in one way or another. We all know someone who has been diagnosed, survived or lost their battle with this dreadful disease.

“Cancer Research’s vital work will help ensure that millions more people survive, but only if we help them raise the funds they need because they are entirely funded by the public.

“We just hope people will come along and enjoy the atmosphere of the two days of hockey and support us in our efforts.”

Elaine also thanked the event’s three main sponsors, Longstaffs, Rookes and We’ll Let Your House, and all those who have already offered support, but said more sponsorship and raffle prizes would be greatly appreciated.

To sponsor the event, offer a raffle prize, or book tickets for the evening event, contact Elaine on 01775 762347.