Milton Keynes ice hockey community raises £15,000 for the Kris Ledgard Fund
PUBLISHED: 15:05 25 July 2014 | UPDATED: 15:05 25 July 2014
A 24 hour sponsored match and a memorial game at MKICE, the volunteer-run not-for-profit ice rink in the former Waitrose building in the Food Court of centre:mk supported the fund named after former player Kris Ledgard, who died at the age of just 22.
Players across seven MK based teams including men’s, women’s and juniors plus visiting players from other locations came together to raise funds for Cardiac Risk in the Young in his memory. The £15,000 will be used by CRY to screen young people aged 14 to 35 from Milton Keynes and surrounding areas for cardiac abnormalities to help reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death.
In total 180 players and referees took part in the 24 hour sponsored match over a weekend and the memorial game held on the Sunday evening. These participants alone raised over £10,000, with the remaining contribution coming from entry fees to the memorial game, sales of ice hockey shirts designed especially for the weekend, donations, raffles and other activities.
Local DJ Karl Montford played music during the intervals and stoppages throughout the entire 24 hour game. CRY volunteers were also on hand to raise awareness of cardiac abnormalities, defibrillator suppliers Cardiac Aid attended and pledged to donate £100 for each defibrillator purchased up until September. Staff from Body Limits Sports Injury Clinic and Gym and MK Podiatry donated free sessions to players to help recovery after their time on the ice.
After captaining one side of the memorial game, Kris’s brother Tomas Ledgard, director of the Kris Ledgard Foundation and Memorial Fund, said: “This weekend has been fantastic and extremely emotional for all involved. We’re so grateful for everyone who took on our cause without question and raised such a huge sum. The money we have raised over this weekend will enable CRY to screen 430 local, young people and goes a long way to help us reach our current target of £100,000 for the Kris Ledgard Memorial Fund.”
The Kris Ledgard Memorial Fund remains open, anyone wanting to donate to this worthy cause to help young, local people, please visit www.givey.com/24hourhockeymatch
Photos of the event taken by Brian Noble, Tony Sargent, David Ebanks, Melissa Dickens and Lucy McGill are also available for purchase at £1 each at www.mjdphoto.biz/gallery (77p will be donated to the Kris Ledgard Memorial Fund).