March 16, 2018

EIHA’s Junior League Management Committee have selected their charity partners for this year.

Fundraising efforts at the 2018 EIHA Junior Finals and Conference Weekend will support the British Heart Foundation and Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity. Previous charities to benefit from the JLMC events are RNLI, Teenage Cancer Trust and Jack O’Donnell Foundation with over £10,500 raised to date.

Junior Finals take place over the weekend of May 5-7 with teams from age group u11 to u18 battling for the title of National Champions. The EIHA’s showpiece junior tournament, the Conference Weekend, is from May 25-28 featuring the u19 England-Scotland international and over 400 players from all over the UK taking part in 45 games over the weekend. Both events are at Ice Sheffield.

The British Heart Foundation is the nation’s heart charity and biggest independent funder of cardiovascular research. Founded in 1961, the BHF researches the causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of heart and circulatory disease.

Tristam Jones, Head of Events at the British Heart Foundation said: “Thanks to the English Ice Hockey JLMC for supporting the British Heart Foundation at their national events this year. Without our supporters we cannot continue to fund life-saving research into heart disease and provide those affected with the care and support they need.”

Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity helps to provide world-class care for young patients and their families by raising money to support some of the hospital’s most urgent needs. These include pioneering new treatments and research, providing specialist equipment and supporting the essential refurbishment of the hospital to provide state-of-the-art facilities to match the hospital’s world-class care.

Laura Savory, Head of Community Events at Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity said: “We’re so grateful to the EIHA & JLMC for their generosity and support. The money raised will help to make a difference to seriously ill children from across the UK.”

EIHA JLMC chair Jacqueline Pye added: “This is the fourth year we have named a beneficiary for our charity activities, and this year’s two charities are very worthy causes.

“The fact we have junior players helping to raise funds for possibly the most famous childrens’ hospital in the world is a nice touch, while the heart disease affects more and more families and supporting the BHF in their work can literally be a lifeline for people in the future.

“As in previous years the JLMC major events will have raffles, tombolas, 50-50 and special merchandise on sale – every penny goes into to the fund and will be shared between our two chosen charities.

“We hope everyone in attendance at Junior Finals or Conference will enjoy the hockey, support the players on the ice but also support our charity partners.”