Monday September 23, 2019

Ice Hockey Heroes Get Festive Footwear Friday Off to a Flyer

Fife Flyers players Scott Aarssen, Rick Pinkston and Paul Crowder paid a visit to Rachel House children’s hospice in Kinross and had a fun Christmas singalong in their finest Festive Footwear with the children.

The Flyers selected Children’s Hospices Across Scotland – better known as CHAS – as their adopted charity 22 years ago and have been holding fundraisers ever since to help raise vital funds to help the hospices meet their ever-increasing running costs. The team have been visiting Rachel House for just as long and it has become a festive occasion that both kids and staff have wholeheartedly embraced.

Flyers fan Archie Anderson (aged 8, pictured above) was chuffed to meet the players and received his first ice hockey puck as a present – he’s off to see his first Flyers game in January.

Pam Clark, Fife Flyers said: “We made our first donation in November 1996, and are delighted to say that in the 20 plus years that we have worked with CHAS, we have helped raise over £57,000.

“We are delighted to have kept our association going for so long. Various Fife Flyers players over the years have been involved in the annual visits to Rachel House and have all commented on what a privilege it is to visit the hospice and to help raise awareness for such a worthwhile cause. We hope to see some of our fans taking part in Festive Footwear Friday on the 14th!”

Donna Nicoll, Activities Facilitator at Rachel House, said: “This has become a real tradition for us every December – the guys are always so kind with their time and flexible with whatever the kids want to do. Today they rehearsed and played Jingle Bells, gave out gifts and listened to songs the kids had come up with themselves.

“They were almost roped into a singalong of The Greatest Showman but had a lucky escape! The fact they’ll just stick their Christmas baffies on, put their feet up next to our fire and chat away is just brilliant. We’re extremely grateful for all their fundraising efforts over the years and bringing families along to see the matches. Archie especially can’t wait to see them play at the start of next year.”

You can help us reach our festive target, and have some fun at the same time. As part of our Christmas drive, CHAS are asking all Scots to take part in Festive Footwear Friday to raise vital funds to keep the smiles on kids’ faces. Slip into your festive slippers, shuffle to work in your sparkly shoes, or rock your party socks – then donate just £2 to help this extraordinary charity.

CHAS know that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year for every family and that includes those with children who may be facing their last festive season. With our two hospices, Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House in Balloch, as well as home-care support, CHAS help families enjoy a fun and laughter-filled Christmas, making memories that last a lifetime.

But it comes at a cost. Just one day’s care in Robin and Rachel House is £5,650 each and it costs CHAS £12,750 every day to provide care in hospices, homes and in hospitals. In December alone, CHAS will spend more than £400,000 to make sure children and families get to enjoy precious time together in a relaxed, caring and joyous environment.

Don’t miss this chance to dazzle your pals, colleagues and workmates with the best in festive baffies. Sign up here:


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