YOUNGSTERS on the children’s ward at University Hospital in Coventry had a boost this month when given the chance to watch their first live ice hockey match.
Courtesy of local training company PET-Xi and the Coventry Blaze ice hockey team, the patients had a break from their usual lives to take in one of the fastest growing sports in the city.
PET-Xi marketing manager, Gemma Puffer, was joined by Coventry Blaze community development manager Sam Hewitt, senior sports coach Owen Painting and Blaze mascot Scorch the Dragon to present tickets for an eight-seat hospitality box.
The tickets were presented to children’s ward nurse Jenny Waring.
Gemma Puffer said: “The tickets took a roundabout route to the hospital.
“Coventry Blaze kindly donated the tickets to an auction organised for our charity – the PET-XI Foundation – which works to help those in the Coventry community who may be in difficulty.
“Team leader Richard Caplin made the winning bid, though immediately donated the tickets to the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust’s charity – which chose two patients, each with guests, to go to a game of their choice.
“We’d like to thank the Blaze for their generous donation to our charity.
“We were delighted to support such a worthy cause and the children and their families are very excited to have this well-deserved treat following their time in hospital.”