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Hockey summer sixes charity tournament with fun, food, and fundraising!

This coming Monday will see the long awaited 2021 instalment of the annual summer sixes charity hockey tournament with fun, food, and fundraising firmly on the agenda.

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The men's and ladies' hockey clubs at Warwick have organised a charity hockey tournament to take place next week. Find out more from them below!

"This coming Monday will see the long awaited 2021 instalment of the annual summer sixes charity hockey tournament with fun, food, and fundraising firmly on the agenda. From 10:00 – 16:00 find us at Westwood campus hockey pitches (behind the tennis centre) where spectators and participants alike will be welcomed.

The day’s activities will include an initial 16 teams facing off in a group stage before an hour long lunch break complete with barbequed options for both meat lovers and vegan individuals and a bake sale. After this a two-branched knockout stage will ensue, eventually leading to two teams being crowned summer sixes shield and cup winners respectively for 2021 with prizes to suit. Finally, a raffle will take place during the prize giving for which all those in attendance can enter for £1 per raffle ticket. With all of this in mind, along with the fact that last year’s iteration of the tournament was forced to be cancelled due to the pandemic, I hope that many of those reading this will consider joining us for the long overdue opportunity to meet new people, enjoy summer sport, and most importantly support our chosen charities to the greatest extent we can.

As an event jointly run by the Men’s and Ladies’ hockey clubs here at Warwick, we have decided it should support both of our club charities with donations to be split equally between the two. These charities are Coventry and Warwickshire MIND (Men’s club) and Crohn’s and Colitis UK (Ladies’ club), both of which are wonderful causes and ones in dire need of further funding in their own right.

More about the charities:

The former is a branch of the leading mental health charity in England and Wales, MIND, we chose this charity in order to help combat mental health issues at a local level. As a whole this charity works across a network of 125 local MIND centres (such as CW MIND) to provide round-the-clock confidential help and support for those with a mental health issue at no extra cost to the caller via their ‘Infoline’ system in addition to their ‘Legal Line’ which provides information regarding laws related to mental health for anyone who requires this information. In addition to their helplines, MIND also provides face-to-face support for people struggling, and works with individuals at the source of our country’s mental health problems. This includes young people by advocating for youths’ rights and planning opportunities for youngsters to run the charity in the future as well as working with those living in poverty to help prevent mental health issues becoming trapped within communities in poverty.

As reflected by their admirable vision for society; ‘We won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect.’ and as exemplified by the increased prevalence of mental health issues, especially over the past 18 months, this is a charity in need of backing to reach their goals, this we can all contribute to if we so choose.

For anyone feeling inclined to make a charitable donation or who would like to find out more about MIND and that of the Coventry and Warwickshire centre, see the links to their websites here:

Crohn’s and Colitis UK is a different charity with a similarly inspiring vision imperative to the health of the nation, namely; ‘Improved lives today, and a world free from Crohn’s and Colitis tomorrow’. The action being taken to make this a reality has been outlined in their 5 year roadmap for change from 2018 to 2022. During this time the charity aims to provoke nationwide awareness of both Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis amongst the public, invest £7,800,000 into funding for research at the forefront of development of treatments of these conditions, provide support including investment in areas to improve the quality of lives for people affected as well as practical and emotional support, ensure world-class treatment and care for those affected regardless of their personal circumstances or location largely through partnerships with influential organisations to influence policies on changes to care, and finally to provide early and accurate diagnoses for all with a focus on education of both patients and doctors to spot the signs as catching the conditions early provides much improved outcomes.

With half a million patients currently living with chronic conditions for which many of us are none the wiser to their existence, this is another charity which needs our help and help them we will. If you have a few more free moments after reading this please consider reading a little more about these conditions and the great work done by the charity up to now, and drop a donation if this resonated with you, find the link to their website here; .

Thanks very much for reading this if you made it this far, I hope many of you will come along to our tournament as it is set to be a genuine triumph of a day for cross-club collaboration within our university, the likes of which have been stolen from us over the past year or so. At the least I hope I have imparted a greater level of awareness for the silent issues in our society which these charities are combatting at present and that you will be able to spread this awareness to those around you.

If you cannot make it on Monday please share this article to maximise the audience its message will reach and the eventual impact of our event."


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