Local children’s charity The Children’s Foundation has thanked Legends Ice Hockey, after they were awarded a cheque for £10,000 following a fierce Tyne and Wear derby.
Ex-Whitley Warriors and Durham Wasps players travelled from all over Europe and North America for the charity match at Whitley Bay Ice Rink – which was won 5-2 by the victorious Durham Wasps.
Frank Killen, one of the directors of Legends Hockey, said: “A few of the ex-players thought it would be a good idea to form a Legends association. We are aiming to regularly hold charity dinners, golf days and ice hockey games to raise money for good causes.
“We were delighted to hand over the £10,000 to The Children’s Foundation – the match has been a fantastic day out for all the family so it’s an added bonus that children in the region will benefit – we’ll definitely be doing more to support this worthwhile charity.”
Frank will also be signing up Legends to run the Great North Run for The Children’s Foundation in September. To donate, text FRNK63 with the amount £1 -£10 to 70070.
Libby Nolan, fundraising manager for the charity, said: “It is fantastic to have the support of the Legends. The amount raised is absolutely brilliant and will make a real difference to the lives of children across the North East.”
The charity’s three main aims are to support medical research into childhood illnesses and conditions; support NHS services for children and young people and create partnership programmes that will address key health and lifestyle issues affecting young people including mental health, disability and safety.
In the past year, the charity has directly improved the lives of more than 37,000 children across the North East. Each year its projects are having a wider reach and impact on services and treatment for children across the whole of the UK.