June 7, 2019
The fundraising efforts by the JLMC over the weekend of National Junior Finals has raised over £1,000 for the blood cancer charity DKMS.
Thanks to donations of prizes for a raffle and wonderful home made cakes for a bake sale, almost £750 was raised at Ice Sheffield over the late May bank holiday weekend. In addition there were donations made to the online Just Giving site as well as £250 from the auction of Liam Kirk’s game-used stick from Great Britain’s recent World Championship game against Canada.
All in all the final total raised is £1,157.
The work of DKMS and the issue of blood cancers was brought into the hockey family after one of our on-ice officials, Haris Hussain, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in March and is undergoing chemotherapy treatment. As part of the treatment Haris will also require a stem cell transplant – however only 30% of patients find a stem cell donor within their family so rely on finding a match within the UK stem cell registry.
The DKMS website has a step by step guide on how to register and follow the process, read more on their website > here <.
As well as being a member of IHUK #TeamStripes, Haris is also a talented club and county cricketer and was trialling with Leicestershire CCC Academy at the time of his diagnosis.
The funds raised from the JLMC weekend will help Haris and the estimated 2,000 people in the UK waiting for a stem cell donor match.
News of the appeal was also covered in the local press in Sheffield.
JLMC event manager Martin Peters said: “We would like to thank everyone from the ‘hockey family’ who helped to contribute towards this fundraising for DKMS.
“To raise £1157 from just one weekend is amazing, and we have to thank all the parents from the National Finals who brought food to sell, donated raffle prizes and generously bought plenty of tickets for a great cause.
“We would also like to thank all of the companies who donated amazing prizes – Sheffield Steelers, Bauer UK, Puck Stop, Ice Locker, David Clarke and many more which made selling raffle tickets easier.
“Thanks also to our special guest Liam Kirk, who was delighted to support a close friend and the charity DKMS by donating his game used stick, which raised an amazing amount for the cause.
“Overall a big thank you to everyone. It just goes to show the hockey family does stick together for one of our own when times are hard. We wish Haris and others who suffer with blood cancers and blood disorders a speedy recovery and hope this contribution goes towards helping others.”