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Bethany-Shannon's Father "humbled" by support

Simon Preston, Father of Bethany-Shannon says he was “humbled” by the support for his late Daughter’s ice hockey festival at the Skydome Arena last weekend.

The event, to support Cardiomyopathy UK raised an outstanding £5,275 – more than the first two events held combined!

Simon said, “My family and I are extremely humbled with the amount of support from all involved in what was a fantastic weekend. Raising £5,275 for Cardiomyopathy UK will go a long way towards their life saving work. Bethany would be so proud of everyone for this achievement and this has certainly helped both Colleen and I through this difficult week knowing that there are so many good people out there keeping us going and giving us hope for a good future.”

The memorial game in remembrance of the little girl who would have been ten years old this year, ended with a 16-8 victory for Ross Venus’ Team Shannon over David Clements’ Team Bethany.

In the ten team rec tournament, Milton Keynes Cyclones were crowned Champions and we congratulate them.

Bethany-Shannon’s family and the Blaze would like to thank BBC’s Justine Greene for the reading of the pre-game poem and also thank Britain’s Got Talent’s Hoop Guy, John Parnell for entertaining the crowd during the first period break.

The participation of all players in the memorial game and rec team is much appreciated as is the attendance of everyone who supported the event and bought raffle tickets etc.

Finally, a special thanks from the family and the Blaze goes to all of the outstanding organisers, with a special mention for Adam Matteri and Paige Newell for sorting out the logistics of the memorial game and Sophie Lunn for the off-ice arrangements, and also to the volunteers who helped make the event such a success.

See more photos from the event on the following Facebok page:

Find out more about Bethany's Legacy and future events:

Watch Simon talk on-ice post memorial game