It’s been a fantastic year for UWLHC, in particular on the charity front. Our main charities for this academic year was Oundle School Mencap Holidays (OSMH) and Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). OSMH is a small, volunteer-run charity which provides annual residential and camping holidays for children and young people with learning difficulties. It is a charity close to the heart of the members of the hockey club, with Lucie and Evie, having volunteering for the holiday for several years. Every summer, they run a week long residential holiday for children and young people aged 8-18 years old. Every donation helps the Mencap holidays to occur and this year UWHLC is proud to have helped support. CRY is another important charity for the club, with Hannah sadly losing a friend due to an undiagnosed heart condition. CRY works to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac deaths, supports young people diagnosed with cardiac conditions and offers bereavement assistance to families affected. Both of the charities valuable and admirable work means that it has been an honour to volunteer for them this academic year.
The year started strongly with Moovember, the annual night out, organized the help raise money and awareness for movember a testicular cancer charity. T-shirts were donned, facial hair prominent (mostly in the form of stick on moustaches from the girls rather than UWMHC’s efforts). A variety of different sports clubs all descended on Moo Bar, champs was popped and a good time had by all. Overall through t-shirt sales and a charity bucket on the day, UWHC raised a wonderful £171.73
Next came the Hockey Charity Talent Show, the bar had been set extraordinarily high the previous year by the Ladies 3s fresh’s performance of Hit Me Baby One More Time #3sArmy. Would anyone be able to top it? Robbins’ Well did not know what hit it, on a cold evening in December the weird and wonderful talents of the UWHC were revealed. The Fresh sang, danced, dress up, even the current ladies exec decided to join in the frivolities with their take on the Nativity Scene. Top prize went to one of the Men’s Fresh. The alluring raffle prizes both at the Talent Show and Hockey Ball also helping to raise a combined total of £300.
Never won to shy away from a challenge, in February UWLHC combined with the Netball club to swim the channel as we took part in UWSWP’s biggest charity event of the year. Each club attempted to swim the equivalent distance of the English channel (32km) in a relay-style fashion in the pool. Over the course of the day the girls swam 1280 lengths in aid of Unique, a charity supporting those affected by rare chromosome disorders. Massive congratulations to the girls who managed to raise an impressive £335.
The Stratford Half Marathon yet again was another success, with several runners competing and raising a fantastic amount for our chosen charities. If you want to hear more of how we did- check out the other post.
This year also saw the establishment of an exciting partnership with Leamington Food Bank, expanding our reach beyond campus to help make an impact on our local society. A fantastic response from the girls resulted in the donation of over 100 items of food.
Hockey is not the only sport that the club enjoys participating in, as Term 3 rolled round so did the charity tournaments. This year was no different with the club entering teams in both the Charity Rugby and Netball tournaments. Whilst enjoying afternoons in the sun, turns out rugby isn’t quite our sport- despite giving it our all and throwing our bodies on the line, our teams were only able to finish a respectable 4th and 5th. Nevertheless, we’ll be back next year and hopefully get our hands on the trophy. Similarly in the netball tournament- we entered two squads and dusted off our netball skills. Height became a huge factor especially when facing mixed teams, but we had a goal scoring machine in the form of Lucie Petrides, putting away goal after goal to ensure that we finished strongly. Silverware it was not to be, but good fun was had by all!
Carly has done an outstanding job over the past year, overseeing the Stratford Half Marathon, mooovember, hockey ball and a collection for the Leamington Food Bank. The total amount raised by UWLHC for this year stands at £3528.54, huge congratulations and thank you to everyone to who got involved, and let’s aim to smash this total next year!