Bethany-Shannon Ice Hockey Festival 2018
The annual Bethany-Shannon Memorial Ice Hockey Festival will take place on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June 2018 at the Skydome Arena in Coventry.
This will be the fourth festival weekend in memory of Bethany, who sadly died suddenly on 22nd June 2010 of a speculated sudden cardiac arrest.
The event will be in support of Cardiomyopathy UK who are a specialist charity for people affected by cardiomyopathy. Their vision is for everyone affected by cardiomyopathy to lead long and fulfilling lives. The charity provides support and information services, work to raise awareness of the condition, campaign for better access to quality treatment and promote research (cardiomyopathy.org).
As per previous years, the Bethany-Shannon Memorial game will kick things off on Saturday 9th June (16.45pm face-off) with doors opening at 16.15pm.
The match will feature several NIHL players from around the country, and also guests from your Genting Casino Coventry Blaze, #58 David Clements, #29 Luke Ferrara, #5 Jordan Stokes AND Head Coach Danny Stewart will re-take the ice at the Skydome Arena!
Prices for the Memorial game are as follows:
Adults - £4.00
Children - £2.00
Family (2 Adults and 2 Children) - £10.00
Find out more about the Memorial game, here.
Say you're going via the Facebook event page, here.
This game will then be followed by a ten-team rec tournament (from 19.30pm) concluding on Sunday June 18th (from 16.15pm). Entry to the tournament is free.
In addition to the on-ice action, there will be a live singer and period break party in Crosby’s bar between the memorial game and rec tournament on the Saturday.
There will be an instant win raffle, jersey and 50/50 raffle, Chuck-a-puck and a special raffle, all in aid of Bethany’s Legacy.
Match programmes will be available and our friends Cross Check Clothing will be selling special t-shirts for the event.
You can also pre-order Bethany-Shannon personalised jerseys, here.
About Bethany's Legacy
Founded by Simon and Colleen Preston, Bethany's Legacy is a CIC (Community Interest Company) raising funds and awareness for a cause very close to their hearts. On 22nd June 2010, the Preston family had to face heartbreaking bad news. On this day, Simon and Colleen sadly lost their daughter, Bethany-Shannon, aged 3.
Bethany-Shannon was an apparently healthy 3 year old child, who loved nothing more than to smile, laugh and have fun with those around her. Bethany-Shannon Preston died suddenly overnight after suffering a suspected cardiac arrest.
Without any indication of what the cause of death was, Simon and Colleen set their minds to focus on fundraising in order to attempt to prevent other families from experiencing what they had. They put their emotions and thoughts of the grief they endure on a day to day basis into the hope that by fundraising themselves, they could make a difference. Bethany-Shannon left behind her parents and sister, Sophie Preston, with the heartache that one cannot even begin to imagine.
March 2011 saw the beginning of Bethany's Legacy in their work to prevent unnecessary cardiac deaths, whilst also raising funds for respite care for parents who had recently experienced the bereavement of their child. To this day, the raising of funds and awareness continues.
In June 2017, Bethany's Legacy became registered as a CIC with Companies House. The directors of Bethany's Legacy are now continuing to raise funds and are focused on helping families who have found themselves in such a horrendous turmoil, following the loss of a child.