After a long and distinguished career, Solihull Barons captain Rob Eley has decided to retire from Ice Hockey at the end of the 2015/16 season. To show their appreciation for Rob’s commitment to his hometown club, the Baron’s offered Rob a testimonial season with the added incentive of raising money for charities close to his heart. Rob enthusiastically accepted this offer and has decided to raise money for the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust Charity and The Willow Foundation.
Rob’s wife Catherine is currently undergoing treatment for cancer on Ward 19 of Heartland’s Hospital in Birmingham – one of the hospitals supported by the Heart of England NHS Charity. Rob has asked that the bulk of the money raised for this charity be given to the Ward 19 charitable fund which is dedicated to improving the patient experience on this ward that treats a variety of haematological cancers including leukaemia. Some additional money will be donated towards the Trust’s wider Cancer Services fund.
The campaign will be known as “19 for 19” in honour of Rob’s Barons shirt number and Ward 19, who shall be the main beneficiary.
Here is a piece that was shown on BBC Midlands Today about the campaign…
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“19 for 19 is not just a series of events or a standard fundraising campaign, it is my biggest challenge to date and I hope to unite my team, my town and my community in for these great causes that impacts us all.”