Lincoln hockey marathon raises almost £9k for blood cancer trust

A 24-hour hockey match in Lincoln has raised almost £9,000 for a charity that helps save the lives of people suffering from blood cancer.

The hockey marathon in aid of the Anthony Nolan Trust took place from noon on Saturday, August 29 at the Lindum Sports Association.

Money raised will help the organisation recruit more potential lifesaving stem cell donors and to continue their pioneering work in various aspects of bone marrow transplants and improving life for patients post transplant.

Organised by Gary Johnson of Hurricane Sports, the event exceeded all expectations, with the initial target of £2,500 blown away by the number of donations.

Julie Cook, of Lincoln Friends of Anthony Nolan, said: “Everyone at Anthony Nolan has been thrilled with the great response from the 48 players, umpires and support staff who took part and raised sponsorship.

“So many people came together to ensure the smooth running of the event and the charity are very grateful to them all.

“Thankfully although everyone who took part in the match was naturally exhausted and some had minor injuries they all came through it in good spirits and were understandably pleased with their achievements when the clock struck 12 on Sunday.”