Hockey Club Hopes
Thursday 11th January 2018 @ 12:50 by Mark Phillip

Oldham Hockey Club is appealing to the local community to help with its fundraising efforts after it lost £3000 just before Christmas.

Unfortunately, the club was the victim of fraudulent banking activity.

As a result, Oldham are now struggling to pay for pitches, equipment, coaches and umpires.

Established in 1952 as Oldham Ladies Hockey Club, the club has grown from strength-to-strength in recent years and now caters for a number of teams in various leagues, including the North Hockey Women’s League, the Greater Manchester Women’s Hockey League, the Greater Manchester Mixed Hockey League, and the Greater Manchester Junior Hockey League.

Having played for the club for over decade, Lauren Bates, who lives in Rochdale, has decided to start her own fundraising efforts to help recoup the lost money.

The 27-year-old is aiming to cover 100 miles before the end of the season in March.

Speaking to Reporter Sport about her efforts, Lauren, who previously attended Balderstone Technology College, said: “I’ve played for Oldham for around 10 years now and it’s just something that sits close to my heart.

“Everyone was gutted when it happened, so I wanted to do something that would be a challenge for me personally, but would also help the club out.”

Lauren is no stranger to fundraising efforts, having completed sponsored swims with the brownies when she was younger.

Although she admits that her current efforts will be more challenging and daunting than her previous endeavors, Lauren is excited nonetheless.

She says the response has been fantastic so far, and believes the encouragement will help her achieve her goals. “Everyone has been really enthusiastic about it” said Lauren.

“Running is a real challenge for me when I’m not on the hockey pitch, so I’ve decided to add cycling in there too just as an extra challenge.

“I would love to raise what we lost but I have set a target of £500 at the moment.”

Lauren, who plays hockey three times a week, has launched a Just Giving page to help promote her efforts.

Those wishing to donate to her cause can do so on the following link: