Stratford Hockey Club ‘Purple Balls’ Dinner Dance was a great success raising over £2500 for both the National Autistic Society and the club itself.

It was the first time that the Hockey Club ran an event in partnership with a charity and was delighted to support Darren Oliver who is on a fundraising bonanza that culminated when Darren took on the iconic London Marathon in aid of autism.

Darren, whose 10-year-old son, Ryan, has autism, was also one of a few lucky hopefuls who got a sneak preview of the Olympic stadium and joined celebrities and other fundraisers in a once-in-a-lifetime run around the hotly anticipated new venue.

The event itself focused around an ‘Auction of Promises’ which saw the community of Stratford donate some wonderful prizes and England Hockey Board donating a signed Great Britain Hockey Shirt.

Darren said: “I was delighted at the turn out for ‘Purple Ball and overwhelmed by the support’ – over 100 people attended the event, which did wonders to raise awareness of autism. I felt incredibly proud to be able to tell all those who attended about Ryan and his tremendous achievements.”

“Running the marathon has felt like a life changing journey for me and I have relished all the exciting opportunities that have come with the challenge. I was lucky enough to take part in a run on the Olympic track, an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I would never have had without my marathon challenge. The day was brilliant giving me the opportunity to race for the charity made it all the more special.”

Vicki Guise organiser from the hockey club said “It was an amazing end of season celebration and the first time the hockey club have combined their annual dinner dance with a charity which made it even more special. A fun successful evening was had by all.”

Stratford Hockey Club and Darren would like to thank the local community for supporting the event with the next combined charity Dinner Dance planned for Saturday 3d November


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