Great Britain and Ice Hockey UK photographer Dean Woolley, along with David Simms, Neil Edwards and Elliott Hall, are about to embark on a walk from Sheffield to Belfast to raise funds for two very special causes.
In March 2015, three backroom members of the Sheffield Steelers walked 90 miles from Coventry to Sheffield to raise money for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.
The inspiration for that trek was Amy Usher. Read more about Amy’s story here.
The three of the previous venture have become four and their walk gets under way tomorrow (Tuesday 20th February).
Neil Edwards, Elliot Hall, David Simms and Dean Woolley are walking from the doors of Sheffield Arena to the doors of the SSE Arena in Belfast.
They will walk from Sheffield to Birkenhead, where they will catch the ferry across to Belfast. They will then walk from the port to Belfast’s arena, arriving on 24th February for the ice hockey game between Belfast Giants and Sheffield Steelers.
Almost straightaway, they will turn around and return to the port to catch the ferry back to Birkenhead and drive back to Sheffield as they will have to be on duty for the Steelers game the next day.
All donations will be split 50/50 between the Amy Usher fund at Weston Park and Blake McCaughey.
The four walkers said: “We want to continue helping the Amy Usher Fund at Weston Park but we also want to try to help a young Belfast ice hockey fan named Blake.
“Blake’s Twitter account tells you more about the young man than we ever could.
“Blake has a rare genetic disorder and needs a new specialist custom wheelchair which costs many thousands and we’re trying to help his parents with that.
“We’re grateful for every pound that is donated and Weston Park and Blake will be even more grateful. Every pound donated will make a difference, so please donate as much as you can.”