Ipswich-East Suffolk Hockey Club (IESHC) has raised over £1,880 for independent Suffolk charity, St Elizabeth Hospice, through hosting a fundraising hockey tournament.
Held on Saturday 25th June, at Ipswich School Sports Centre, the all-day mixed tournament saw 12 teams from across the region taking part in IESHC’s Charity Shield which was won by former IESHC member, Oakley Elsom.
IESHC chairman, Charlie Farrow, said: “We are all delighted to have raised this significant amount of money for the charity, it is a great testimony to Ipswich school who donated their facilities for the day, to all our members and guests and our many friends in other local clubs.
“IESHC is a community orientated family club, and we are at our best when connecting with community partners. We are already looking forward to next year’s event.”
The day of hockey began at 9.30am with a junior hockey session for youngsters aged 14 and under, which was then followed by a special ‘back to hockey’ session designed to encourage adults to take up the game before the main tournament commenced at 11am.
A number of spectators also attended to support the teams, while there was plenty of entertainment for all ages to enjoy including a bouncy castle, BBQ and refreshments.
All funds raised will go towards St Elizabeth Hospice which delivers care to improve life for people in East Suffolk, Great Yarmouth and Waveney living with a progressive or life-limiting illness.
Brandon Orton, Community Fundraiser at St Elizabeth Hospice, said: “A big well done to Ipswich-East Suffolk Hockey Club for raising this brilliant sum and congratulations to all the teams that took part in what was a fantastic day of sport.
“The generosity of local organisations, like Ipswich-East Suffolk Hockey Club, makes such a difference to our services as we continue to expand our care to support more families across East Suffolk, Great Yarmouth and Waveney during difficult times in their lives.”
The hospice has also recently launched the Big Hoot Ipswich 2022 art trail, which has seen 50 ornately decorated owl sculptures make their nests throughout Ipswich.
These will be available for everyone to view and enjoy between 19th June and 3rd September, as part of the biggest free art event in Suffolk.
Further information about Ipswich-East Suffolk Hockey Club can be found by visiting www.ieshc.org/.
For more information about the Big Hoot 2022 go to thebighoot.co.uk.