Ice hockey players come to Sheffield for charity game

The breast cancer care team at the UK Forum All-Stars charity weekend Ice Sheffield in 2014

The breast cancer care team at the UK Forum All-Stars charity weekend Ice Sheffield in 2014

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Ice hockey players from across the UK are expected to come to Sheffield this summer for an annual charity event.

The UK-Forum All-Stars weekend began as a charity game in 2008, and has become bigger and bigger every year since.

Organiser Geraint Walters said: “We started the event as a way of bringing hockey fans together to raise money for charity playing the sport we love.

“The first weekend we held had 34 participants and it supported one charity. We now have over 130 people take part to support eight charities.”

The money is raised each year by players setting up just giving pages for their chosen charities.

This year the charities set to benefit are Sheffield Children’s Hospital, Breast Cancer Care, Prostate Cancer UK, British Heart Foundation, Help For Heroes, Autism Plus, Blue Cross and Dreams Come True.

Some also set up events to help their fundraising, such as live music nights, quiz nights and waxing, among other things.

This year one player is going the extra mile and is taking part in a banger rally.

The money that each charity receives either goes towards their research or to continue their work to help the people they work with.

In its six year history, the event has raised over £150,000. This year’s event has currently raised £31,000.

The UK Forum All-Stars weekend takes place in July at Ice Sheffield, Coleridge Road.

An auction and horse racing night will be held on July 24 at Steelers Sports Bar, Birley Moor Road. The ice hockey games are held on July 24 and 25 between 12pm and 8pm. Weekend entry is £5 for adults. Entry for one day is £3. A donation is requested for child entry.