The books are finally fully closed on the 2017 UK Charity Allstars campaign.
With the help of our players, sponsors, spectators and volunteers, Cardiff17 raised an incredible £136,330!
This smashes our previous record from Cardiff16 by over £30,000 and is a true testament to the incredible efforts of all our fundraisers and supporters.
Our winners were the Dreams Come True team, which was indeed a dream come true for Mia Thorne (pictured below) who overcame Cerebral Palsy to learn to skate so she could launch the weekend with a ceremonial penalty shot (naturally, she beat the Goalie and scored!), all while raising over £9,000 herself!
The first ever Pro Allstars game (included in the above total) was a fantastic occasion and will see both the Ice Hockey Players' Benevolent fund and SCIPS (Cardiff neonatal unit charity) receive over £4,500 each from the Allstars. Our thanks also go to all our Pro Allstars players for their generous support.
Allstars Chairman Paul Sullivan commented:
'It's getting tougher and tougher to come up with words to describe the Allstars' achievements. Every year hundreds of people work tirelessly for our great causes and every year the effort, creativity and overall financial success of the Allstars simply staggers each of us on the organising committee.
From humble beginnings in Basingstoke to this incredible tenth anniversary celebration, it is an honour to be called an Allstar and we simply cannot thank every single person who supported Cardiff17 enough.
There's a lot of negativity around the World right now but once again we see the Ice Hockey community of the UK making a real difference to hundreds of lives and giving us something of which we can all be extremely proud.
We are of course all amazed by the ever increasing amounts raised but we are equally proud of the wonderful atmosphere and culture we see on and off the ice at the Allstars events, and by the endless smiles on the faces of everyone involved.
Thank you all.'
Plans are already well under way for the 2018 Allstars, and the host City will be announced at 2pm today when we will also open registration.
We're all looking forward to #********18 ( don't bother counting the asterisks, it's not a clue...).
Photo: Nathan Munkley