It’s an integral part of our game to look out for your team mates. You have their back. You never let them fail. You go through the best and the worst times together and most of all you never give up.
These sentiments are not just typical of hockey but can be found in all walks of life, and no more so than in the latest Hockey for Heroes Challenge. Back in 2015 a group of 26 people complete the 3-peak challenge as well as 33 hockey matches along the way. The challenge involved climbing the highest peaks in England, Wales and Scotland; Scafell Pike, Snowdon and Ben Nevis. During that tour they raised over £35,000 for Help for Heroes.
For their 2017 challenge they will walk from Cardiff to London’s Lee Valley Hockey Centre, on the site of the 2012 Olympics, to complete a 200 miles walk and on their way will visit clubs to play 30 hockey matches. The aim this time is to raise £50,000, and the 10-day challenge is set to take place between 26th May to 4th June.
Not only will they be walking and playing hockey, they will be doing it whilst carrying an injured former Royal Marine on a stretcher. One of the Hockey for Heroes squad, Steph Brennan said, “Our challenge is huge, and is going to be very tough, both mentally and physically, so any support you can give is very much appreciated”.
There are a number of ways to donate to help injured service personnel and the families of those who have fallen; either though Steph’s Just Giving page or by texting OPST77 + £5 / £10 to 70070. You can also join in on Twitter by using the hashtag #OpStretcher