On Sunday 4th September, Keynsham Hockey Club hosted their annual charity memorial hockey tournament that showcased the talent of local players and raised funds for two vital charitable organisations: Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation.
It was a scorching hot and sunny day, and players from Keynsham Hockey Club and Bristol and West Hockey Club came together at Wellsway Sports Centre to play in a mixed hockey tournament. There was some great competition on the field, and we would like to congratulate Bristol and West who were crowned the winners!
The event raised £774.90 for Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation.
Club chair Katherine Sears said:
"British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research are two charities which are very close to the club's heart. James Clifford was one of the founders of our Men's section, he passed away very suddenly and is sorely missed but I'm sure the recent promotion of BOTH our men's team would be something he would be extremely proud of.
We continue to support Cancer Research in their mission to fight cancer, the club lost it's former Chair, Jo Bush, to the disease as well as it's 1st XI keeper, Kim Baptiste. Both made huge impacts to the development of the club, Kim was renown for pushing the younger members of the club to excel in the high teams. It was lovely to see the families of James and Kim at the event on Sunday.
The fantastic work Cancer Research does is even more poignant as club member Dan Money under went the liver surgery last week, the whole Club joins me in wishing Dan a speedy recovery and we will continue to support him in his fight and we are extremely proud of him and his bravery."
We would like to thank everybody who came and participated in the tournament and to the spectators who joined us for the day. We’d also like to sincerely thank everybody who generously donated a raffle prize.
One local business that deserves a special mention for its support is Keynsham Coffee Co. They ensured that all participants were refreshed and ready to give their best on the field, adding to the overall positive atmosphere of the day.
A significant part of the success of the day must be attributed to the dedication and hard work of Lou Bessel, who took the lead in organising the event. Thank you Lou!