Our club has taken part in charity work in various guises over the years.
Bristol NightRider 2016
25th – 26th June
This year I’ve decided to do something I can do (no wise cracks please!) and support a local charity at the same time. I’m going to be taking part in the inaugural Bristol Nightrider (100km overnight cycle around Bristol this June) supporting the Southmead hospital Special care baby unit.
Why them?…..well Aidan was born 10 weeks early and the team there did a fantastic job in looking after all of us and so I feel that if I can help raise their profile and money, then I should! As you know Aidan’s hockey has gone from strength to strength (at the same rate as mine has declined!), now a regular first team player for Westbury and it would be great to give something back to the Southmead team, and hopefully make a difference for another family in Bristol.
So, I’d really appreciate it if you would consider any or all of the below:
– Spreading the word,
– Maybe consider taking part with me? ? (helping to put Westbury and West Country hockey in the spotlight)
– …and if you wished, donating towards a great cause (any amount will make a difference)
To read more about why I’m doing what I’m doing, please visit:
Happy Christmas to Hogar el Alba orphanage
One member of our club went to help at the Hogar El Alba orphanage in Argentina over the Christmas period. Here is Russell’s report on what happened on his last trip.
Thank you very much to those that donated items for my trip to Hogar el Alba. My stay in the orphanage was truly memorable and each time I visit, I find it harder and harder to say goodbye.
Each day I would help with manual work from 9am until 3pm. Jobs included maintenance work, gardening, helping on the farm, and cleaning the swimming pool. Each afternoon I would spend time with the children playing games and doing activities. We played some hockey and tennis, however that was late at night as the 35C heat made it too uncomfortable to play during the daytime.
In Argentina presents are exchanged at midnight on Christmas Eve. There are not many places were you would have an outside party into the early hours of the morning in late December! Each child received a present from Papa Noel! The photos below say it all.
At times it was so difficult to comprehend how much pain and anguish these children have suffered. I am so grateful that they allowed me to be part of their life, every minute in the orphanage was extremely enjoyable whether it was helping do repair work, teaching children how to swim or assisting with their studies.
I also visited an old work colleague in Buenos Aries. I spent the weekend relaxing with him and his hockey friends. As it was their summer we spent most of the day on a boat on the river Tigre, we then played football and later I attended their end of season hockey party. It wasn’t until the hockey party that I realised that several of his friends are international hockey players (Lucas Rey, Nano Rey, Guido Barreiros and Nacho Bergner). Lucas is currently playing for Jaypee Punjab Warriors in the Indian hockey league and after watching their opening matches, the tournament is definitely worth following. Whilst playing 6-a-side football you could see that these guys were world class athletes, their off the ball movement was amazing.
I left Argentina with mixed emotions. The sadness of leaving the orphanage was soon replaced by excitement as I have booked flights to return for 19 days in May. I have met many new friends in both the orphanage and Buenos Aries. Despite them being thousands of miles away, we have hockey in common, and that has created many new friendships.
Photos from the orphanage can be seen on my Facebook page or click HERE to directly access the orphanage’s Facebook page.
3rd Team Captain
Hockey for Hero’s
In 2013 West Derby Hockey Club went on a ‘Hockey for Heroes’ tour to raise funds for their charity of the year – Help for Heroes. They travelled around 700 miles up and down the country between June 14th – 22nd 2013 playing 23 games of hockey, including games against the Army, Navy, RAF and local hockey clubs. Westbury were asked to fill a gap when Firebrands were unable to take part. Westbury pulled off a 4-3 win in an evenly contested game. More importantly they raised £392 which with gift aid totals £502.