Hockey players team up to support Sheffield Children’s Hospital

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A team of ice hockey enthusiasts has joined together once again for an annual tournament in aid of Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

The squad, featuring 17 players, will compete tomorrow and Sunday as part of the Children’s Hospital Charity’s Team Theo campaign.

Mat Gilday, team captain, said he wanted to help youngsters like his daughter Megan, who has undergone operations at the hospital to treat cerebral palsy.

“The treatment she has received has been absolutely fantastic - so this is my family’s way of saying a big thank you,” he added.

So far the All Stars tournament has raised more than £23,000 for good causes.

Money raised by Mat’s team will go towards the Make It Better appeal to pay for a series of improvements under the children’s hospital’s £40 million redevelopment scheme.

These include a play tower, gardens, specialist medical equipment and single rooms with en-suite facilities.

Visit to book tickets for the hockey. Adult tickets are priced £5.

Specially-designed children’s hospital-themed hockey jerseys are also available - email to buy.