The Aspray Chester Deeside Dragons ice hockey team, have demonstrated their commitment to the community by donating £750 to Down Syndrome Cheshire, their chosen charity for the 2022/23 season. The club’s generosity stems from funds raised through the Own & Loan sale of the team’s warm-up jersey, which incorporated the charity’s logo and colours into its design. The club also sold gingerbread sock cookies.
After a hiatus of over two and a half years, the Deeside Dragons have returned to the ice, eager to continue their community engagement. The team’s home rink had been utilised as a vaccination centre during the pandemic, temporarily side-lining the players. Undeterred, the club made it a priority to re-establish its charity work upon its return, selecting a cause to support and raise awareness for in the process.
Fans of the Deeside Dragons were invited to vote for a charity to receive the team’s support, ultimately choosing Down Syndrome Cheshire. This local organisation is dedicated to empowering individuals with Down syndrome and their families, providing resources, support, and advocacy for the community.
Club representatives shared their excitement about partnering with Down Syndrome Cheshire, expressing gratitude for the opportunity to contribute to such a worthy cause. The donation will help the charity continue its vital work in supporting those with Down syndrome and their families throughout the region.
A beaming Daniel, representing Down Syndrome Cheshire, holds the £750 cheque for Down Syndrome Cheshire from Aspray Chester Deeside Dragons GM Shaun Bebbington and Marketing Manager Mikey Rowe. As a dedicated Dragons season ticket holder, Daniel loves to cheer on the team and brighten the den with his infectious smile. Known for enthusiastically high-fiving and fist-bumping the players after games, Daniel is a beloved member of the Dragons community.
This partnership is a testament to the Aspray Chester Deeside Dragons’ commitment to giving back to their community, as they continue to foster connections beyond the ice. The team’s involvement with Down Syndrome Cheshire not only raises awareness for an important cause but also serves as a reminder of the impact sports teams can have when they unite with their fans to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
As the Deeside Dragons embarked on their first full season back in action, they set an inspiring example of perseverance, resilience, and generosity. Their dedication to their community and the support they’re offering to Down Syndrome Cheshire is a shining example of how sports teams can go above and beyond to make a positive impact in the lives of those they touch.