A MEMORIAL ice hockey match has raised vital funds for brain tumour charity.
The match, held at Solihull Ice Rink on June 29, raised £9,706 for The Brain Tumour Charity and was played in memory of Samantha Williams.
An active member of the Solihull Ice Hockey community from a young age, Miss Williams tragically died from a brain tumour in December 2013 following two years of treatment.
Sean McCann, Samantha’s friend and Event Organiser said: “We wanted to do something to remember Sam and to raise money to fund brain tumour research in the future. The community really got behind us and there was a great turn out on the day. We want to thank everyone for their support.”
The Brain Tumour Charity offers support and information to sufferers, their families and carers to achieve the highest quality of life as possible, as well as raising awareness of brain tumours.
The charity’s Director of Fundraising, Louise Taylor said: “We are grateful for all the efforts made by our incredible fundraisers and thank them for organising this fantastic event – we hope they’re now enjoying a well-earned rest.
“Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of the under 40s and, unlike other cancers, survival rates have not improved over the last 40 years.
“We receive no government funding and rely 100 per cent on voluntary donations, so it’s only through the efforts of people like Sean and the others involved, that we can change these shocking statistics.”
Organisers of the Samantha Williams Memorial Ice Hockey Match raised the money through ticket sales, raffles, an auction and have hope to make it an annual event.