If you’re like me and have been living under a puck-shaped rock for the last 5 years, the UK Forums All-Stars are a group of recreational hockey players who get together every year for a charity match to raise money for charity.
(Edited: I’ve just been informed that it’s not just rec players involved – there are some complete hockey novices giving it a go as well!)
To be fair, when you say it like that, it doesn’t seem like such a big deal. But when you realise the full extent of these events, it’s all very very different.
Over the past years, the group has raised over £80,000 for charity. As of the time of writing, this year’s event has already raised over £17,000 and that’s not even including ticket sales at the weekend. This is not a bake sale type of charity event we’re talking about!
The charities this year are – as always – extremely worthwhile causes: Breast Cancer Care, Dreams Come True, Help For Heroes, Prostate Cancer UK, British Heart Foundation, Autism Plus, Blue Cross Animal Welfare and the Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
The players are all split into teams, each one representing one of the charities. Some of the players are offering extra “incentives” on top of their hockey skills when it comes to raising money, including offers to shave beards into horrendous moustaches, and a back waxing!
The main event itself happens on the weekend of 26th/27th July at Ice Sheffield, but the whole shebang actually starts tomorrow evening with an Evening With Dave Simms. You can see the full schedule on their website, but from what I can tell, it’s going to be a pretty awesome couple of days. In addition to the hockey (roughly 14 hours of it over the two days!), there is also going to be a raffle – again with all monies going to the charities – with some fantastic prizes that very generous sponsors have donated.