Living the dream
PUBLISHED: 16:38 20 May 2008 | UPDATED: 10:36 11 August 2010
A PAIR of ice hockey playing brothers have received a big helping hand towards their Olympic dream - thanks to the POST. In February we ran a story about Eastbrook School pupils, David Dunnage, 15, and Stevie, 12, who are making great strides on the ice
A PAIR of ice hockey playing brothers have received a big helping hand towards their Olympic dream - thanks to the POST.
In February we ran a story about Eastbrook School pupils, David Dunnage, 15, and Stevie, 12, who are making great strides on the ice rink.
Mum, Claire spoke about the high cost of equipment and travel, and of the help provided by Barking and Dagenham's 'Living the Dream' Trust.
The article was seen by Stuart Westfall, director of Power Pro Sports shop in Chelmsford, and he decided to sponsor the brothers.
He met Claire at Romford Ice Rink, and now the lads have been kitted out with new gear and are enjoying free skate sharpening at the shop.
Stuart said: "I saw the story in the POST, and it caught my eye because it was about ice hockey. I play myself, so I know how expensive it can be.
It's not just a case of outgrowing the kit, you also need to buy new equipment as you move up an age group because you get hit a lot harder.
Then you've got travel costs on top of that.."
Claire said: "The boys are absolutely over the moon. It wasn't cheap stuff so the money I've saved is enormous."
David has been sidelined with a back injury, but Stevie caught the eye of England scouts at a tournament in Hull last weekend, and was offered a place at their School of Excellence this summer. If he impresses at the week-long camp could win a place in the national squad.
That would mean a trip to Canada, the hotbed of ice hockey, this winter.
But to make the trip Claire would have to find the money herself - a cost of around £1,000.
'Living the Dream' is a charitable trust set up to help young athletes from Barking and Dagenham to achieve their goals.
Grants are given to young sportsmen and women to help pay for trips to training camps, competitions, or pieces of equipment. For more information contact Teresa Parish on (020) 8227 2012.
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