Just a few weeks ago, Cardiff hockey club successfully cycled as a collective over 850 miles in one day, in a pitch to raise money for two charities close to our hearts. Despite the early morning start and cold night to finish, we went on to smash our target, finishing over 1036 miles.
These charities have and continues to help not only a few of our own members but many others around the country. You can read more about each charity below.
George Gibson's story
On March 23rd 2015 I was diagnosed with Meningococcal Meningitis B (Men B). Meningitis is the inflammation of the lining around the brain and spinal cord, 10% of bacterial cases result in death.
From waking up on Saturday morning with nothing more than a slightly peculiar feeling headache and spending the day watching hockey games at the pitch in an attempt to clear it, it was less than 24 hours before my flatmates found me unconscious on my bedroom floor and then only hours later that I was in hospital in an induced coma. The incredible efforts of the staff at the University Hospital of Wales undoubtedly saved my life and I will be eternally grateful to them.
Over a year on I am still “fragile” having lost hearing in one ear and permanent tinnitus, but in my long road to recovery Meningitis Research Foundation have helped enormously! Helping my family and I to understand what had happened, they also put me in contact with a neurologist who helped my recovery beyond belief.
Meningitis Reserach Foundation also do an incredible amount of other work raising awareness, campaigning, raising cruical funds for research as well as helping those affected directly.
Please donate as much as you can!
Holly Morris' story
In September 2013 my 13 year old brother suddenly collapsed and died from an unexplained heart event.
Even though he was my annoying little brother, he had a heart of gold and forever the biggest grin on his face. He was always off doing some kind of sport and his enthusiasm and energy for life seemed to be never ending. We miss him every single day and there is a huge hole in our hearts without him here.
We are taking part in this cycle to help raise money for a fantastic charity called Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).
They have helped support my family following Owens death and also do amazing work in helping to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death. They do this through helping fund heart screening programmes and medical research, but also support young people diagnosed with potentially life threatening cardiac conditions.
Any donations would be hugely appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to read this!