As first reported last month, the Blackburn HAWKS are proud to be supporting a number of initiatives to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
For the past few home games, various Hawks players, including forward Aaron Davies (pictured below) have worn a special pink jersey in the warm-up session.
As well as providing an amusing forfeit for any player that turns up late or looses the penalty shoot-out competition in training, there is also a serious message behind the jersey.
The back of the jersey says ‘Gone but not forgotten’, and carries the names and ages of Hawks fans and their loved ones, who have died from cancer.
There are already ten names on the hockey top, with many more to add, and the team say if get enough names to fill one shirt they will start a second one.
People are invited to pay to have the names of friends and relatives who have died from cancer on the shirt, with all proceeds going directly to Cancer Research UK.
Team manager Alan Amos got the idea from seeing players in America wearing pink to raise awareness of breast cancer, and also from his own work with the junior squad.
He said: “When I was involved in the juniors in the past we had a pink shirt and if players forgot their kit or were late they had to wear the pink shirt and pay a small fine.
“I lost a brother-in-law to cancer. He was only 51-years-old and died within three or four weeks of being diagnosed. I’ve also lost my dad and my father-in-law to cancer.
“It’s a case of what can we do? Ice hockey is a fighting sport, and Blackburn Hawks have joined the fight against cancer.
“If we can raise some money and then raise some awareness it’s going to be worth it.”
The Blackburn Hawks supporters group, The Mohawks, is also contributing to the good cause by getting creative with old and unwanted player equipment.
The group recently funded new hockey shorts for Captain Chris Arnone and inherited his old pair. They have now found new life as a surprisingly effective bag, containing plenty of Hawks goodies.
The club will be raffling the shorts bag (which they assure us has been thoroughly washed…twice!), at the supporters table for the Hawk’s upcoming game with Sutton on Saturday 26 October.
To sponsor a name for the Hawks’ pink jersey or for any questions on how to support Cancer Research UK, simply send us a message using the ‘Contact’ tab on the main menu.
The Hawks look forward to sharing more fundraising ideas soon.