Grimsby Roller Hockey Club has received some much-needed funding thanks to the generosity of HMT St Hugh’s Hospital.
The hospital on Peaks Lane in Grimsby recently donated £600 to the club, which has been at the pinnacle of the game since it was founded in 1973 and relies heavily on donations from third parties.
After appealing for some raffle prizes for its annual celebration, Club Secretary Steve Hancocks was put in touch with Gary Allington from St Hugh’s Hospital.
As the hospital’s dedicated Health Promotion Officer, Gary is responsible for supporting and encouraging those in the local community to remain or become active so was only too happy to help.
He explained: “Grimsby Roller Hockey Club has been engaging people of all ages in this exciting sport for more than 40 years. However, as it’s classed as an amateur sport, players have to pay for their own kit which can prevent some people from taking part.
“To help increase participation, St Hugh’s has funded an assortment of new equipment which new and existing players can take advantage of.”
Owned by registered charity the Healthcare Management Trust, St Hugh’s Hospital uses its surpluses to fund other charitable causes concerned with dementia and health and wellbeing.
Steve said: “We are so grateful for the generous contribution from St Hugh’s Hospital and have already used it to fund four sets of kit for new players, including sticks, gloves, knee and shin pads and balls.
“Support from people and organisations such as this really does make a significant difference to us, and we’re delighted that Gary has already expressed an interest in maintaining a relationship with the club with a view to helping us out again in the future.”