DMU Hockey Club have raised a grand total of £502 for the British heart foal of £502.10 for the British Heart Foundation in memory of Dan Fenwick.
The clubs annual ‘Charity Shop Social’ sees money being donated in charity shops across the city centre. DMUHC made nothing of the social last year despite raising around £300 for various charities. This year however, many of the club members were affected by the death of Dan Fenwick who suffered cardiac arrest following an asthma attack last September and wanted to show their respect by raising money for something that affected the whole university.
Shyam Bhalsod who joined hockey this year and was a very close friend of Dan’s said “I was thrilled when I found out that there would be a social for the British Heart Foundation in honour of Dan. He was the guy who could never turn down a night out, so I think he would love that we have the chance to have a great night where we are also making a contribution to a great charity. Not many people in DMU Hockey really knew Dan but it’s great to see how everyone is willing to get involved. Dan always tried to push me to join a society and after his passing I promised myself I would, even though is has been a tough year, joining hockey has been the silver lining which I owe to Dan.”
Beth Simmons, Women’s Hockey Captain who was also very close to Dan said “This alteration of our usual charity shop challenge is a fantastic idea this year as it touches many hearts within the society and around DMU. The timing is perfect with Daniel’s honorary graduation the day before the social. It’s a lovely way to honour his memory during the New Year and wonderful knowing our donations will affect many peoples life’s long after the occasion.
When Dan passed away we began to use the #drinkfordan hashtag where you would upload a picture of yourself with a drink and hashtag it with that. We brought that back on the night of the charity social.”
DMU Vice Chancellor Dominic Shellard met with DMUHC Chairman Liam Egan-Rayner, Secretary Matt Lilley and Social Secretary Leighton James, who organised the charity fundraiser. The Vice-Chancellor donated £50 saying he was “Delighted to support DMUHC in their attempt to raise money for the British Heart Foundation in Dan Fenwick’s memory.”
The team also spent several hours during the day with collection buckets outside the Student’s Union. Club members spared half an hour between lectures to brave the cold weather to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.
Social Secretary Leighton James said “Despite January being the time of year where pennies are saved, the attendance from members and well wishers of the charity turned up in force. We originally wanted to raise around £250 and to more than double it to £502.10 was absolutely amazing, and to that, myself and the club would like to say thank you to everyone that attended and donated!”