We have raised an astonishing £866.96 for Coventry Haven! Thank you so much to everyone who has donated!
On Saturday 1st September, 15 brave members of UWMXDHC hopped into cars in various points around the country, gearing up for some hefty road trips to the little town of Llanberis, North Wales, to climb the 2,372 ft ascent that is the magnificent Mount Snowdon the next day.
After 2 months of fundraising and prepping, we were hyped. As a club we’re so passionate about our chosen charity, Coventry Haven, and ever since stepping into my role as Charities & Welfare Officer I knew I wanted our first event of the year to reflect our big ambitions for fundraising over the next 9 months or so.
While I was confident that we were an outdoorsy lot and people would be keen, the idea of a sponsored Snowdon climb felt initially ambitious. It’s a really, really big challenge and is no ordinary hike, with a quite a few scrambly rocky sections involving actual climbing, so I was expecting maybe 5 or 6 of us to take it on. But the 15-person response from the club was phenomenal and just reinforced what I already knew about the determined and good-hearted nature of UWMXDHC.
A rather intense and eventful group game of Articulate in the Youth Hostel lounge (sorry to respective YHA Snowdon residents and staff for the screams and shouts of exasperation) meant we all hit the hay at around 11pm, giving us an 8 hour sleep to soak up all the energy we would need for the next day. And some more than others – as part of our fundraising, several members were nominated to do challenges – more on that below…
While the weather had looked hopeful in a ‘light-cloud’ sense leading up to the weekend (BBC weather obviously sensed my anxious checking and wanted to keep my hopes up) we stepped out on Sunday morning to a light but consistent drizzle of rain. But mere water droplets could do little to dampen the fire in our hearts – our spirits were high, and we left the sanctuary of the hostel to get the bus (cheeky warm up for the U1 next term) to Pen-y-Pass which marked the beginning of our chosen route, the Miners Track.
The bus journey marked the beginning of our charity challenges as Nick was treated to a full face of makeup (lovely eye-shadow work El) including impressively applied mascara for a bus journey. He was also challenged to hi-5 every hiker that walked past us, which I can firmly say he valiantly completed, even in the face of some heart-breaking parrs right from the get-go. Other challenges included a sing off to The Climb which was originally supposed to be Ryan vs Mary but descended (or ascended?) into a group singing (if you could call it that) sesh as we neared the summit (other features included the entire Les Mis musical). Resident dad-jokester Sarban was challenged to swim in the lake, but in true altruistic style, 6 others took his place, Aslan 4 Edmund style, and took to the mystical misty lake as I laughed along uneasily trying to remember the ‘hypothermia’ bit of the risk assessment. But luckily the squad were prepared enough with towels and spare clothes to change back into after their mountain swim.
The ascent took us a nifty 3 hours and 15 minutes, and I was blown away yet not surprised at the amazing team spirit that carried us up there. Everyone helped and supported each other (Nick and Tommy even helped a random lady down a particularly difficult scrambly portion we had just ascended, ever the gentlemen) and at no point did morale drop, despite the increasingly windy and wet nature of the climb the further we went. I don’t think anyone had ever been so pleased to see clear man-made steps in their life as we hit the last couple few metres to the summit. After group pics, lunch, hot drinks, and even a bottle of prosecco in the café at the top, we started our descent, and to our joy the clouds began to clear and we started to get better views of the stunning scenery (and sheep) of Snowdonia National Park. Taking the Llanberis Path down, we ended up walking right back into Llanberis and made it back to the Youth Hostel at around 4.30pm.
I am so proud of everyone’s fundraising efforts, the huge achievement of pushing through the adverse weather and scrambly rocks and making it to the top, and the attitude everyone carried throughout. It marks the beginning of a great year of things to come for Mixed Hockey charity activity, so watch this space!
Thank you SO much to all who donated, you are angels and we and Coventry Haven are so, so appreciative. <3
Your Charities & Welfare Officer,
Big throwback to term 3 and us BREAKING A WORLD RECORD!💪 Lots of our team helped out to build the world’s biggest blanket fort and together we donated over £1000 pounds to the LWS Night Shelter!
We’ve got big plans for helping the community and raising money for our charity Coventry Haven this year, can’t wait to get back to uni! 💜
Time lapse of the day looks pretty snazzy too (can see us makin the blanket snakes 🐍) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUDfm9VK1mg
#Charity #TeamWarwick #ReshapingSport
*photo creds to owners* @ University of Warwick
UWMXDHC CLIMB SNOWDON!
Mixed Hockey are taking fundraising to new heights!
Our team will be journeying to the top of the highest peak in Wales on Saturday 1st September, with some fun challenges and activities along the way, all in aid of our lovely charity Coventry Haven! 💜
We’ve set up a just giving page and our team will be so grateful for any donations (no matter how small!) Can’t wait to get climbing! Thank you!
🌟Nominate a team member for a challenge! goo.gl/forms/myqi3wCQeuPZJTwd2
We entered this year with a great deal of ambition and drive to make this one of the best years for the club yet, and it’s safe to say that this has been made more than possible thanks to the hard work of the 2017/18 exec, the continued hard work of the new exec and of course with all the help from our members; we are ending this year with many more achievements under our belt, however have retained our identity as one of the most fun, inclusive and vibrant clubs at Warwick University.
As well as maintaining our brilliant members from previous years, recruitment was a huge success for Mixed Hockey; with a rebranded website, a strong social media presence, strong pitches at sports fair, excellent taster sessions and the general friendly atmosphere Mixed Hockey provides, our membership increased this year by an incredible 38%, making us one of the biggest clubs in Team Warwick. With more people on the pitch, and at times an astonishing number of people at circle, it’s safe to say that this provided a challenge for the club but a challenge that was readily welcomed; and indeed, training sessions were consistently enjoyable, socials were better than ever and renowned around the university as well as giving us the opportunity to submit two teams into the Reading League, the first time in the history of Mixed Hockey that this has been possible. ‘Team Red’ and ‘Team Black’ performed exceptionally well, especially with the intake of new and extremely able players, and we ended up with a 1st and 2nd place finish in the League.
Charity also thrived this year; we entered into a new relationship with Coventry Haven, a domestic violence charity based in Coventry, and have managed to raise £1007.05 for their refuge centres over the year through a variety of events – fresher’s pledges for the alumni, a clothes sale, a quiz, the continuation of our amazing crossover week with Mixed Netball and selling wristbands and Pimms at one our matches. This vital work has not only allowed Coventry Haven to provide ten beds for their refuge centres, but we have also played a key role in raising awareness in the university for domestic violence, forced marriage, honour based violence and FGM. Our president, charities secretary, and a couple of Club members appeared on RAW1251am to discuss both our work and the work that Coventry Haven do, as well as publishing informative material to our social media. Further to this, Mixed Hockey were the biggest fundraisers in world-record attempt to build the World’s Largest Blanket Fort, not only smashing the world record but also raising £1003 for Leamington Night Shelter, bringing our overall charity total for the 2017/18 academic year to £2010.05, an incredible achievement.
Some of the best memories this year were made on our Domestic and International Tours; this year Mixed Hockey took 40 people to Manchester for a weekend of mayhem and team bonding as well as flying over 30 people to Albufeira in Portugal. We also held our annual inter-university ‘Tournamental’ event, and with attendance from Reading Mixed Hockey and our alumni it was certainly a weekend to remember with inter-club bonding in Kasbah as well as on the pitch.
This year is certainly ending on a high with the making of some Mixed Hockey history; the annual match of Mixed Men’s vs Men’s Hockey 4’s took place with a stunning 3-0 victory for our boys, a brilliant achievement for us. Further to this, for the first year ever Mixed Hockey was able to put a whole team of ladies for a match against Ladies Hockey 3’s. Despite a 2-0 loss for us, we are thrilled with this symbolic achievement which reflects how our female engagement and involvement has increased over the year, and also reflecting our efforts to make the club as inclusive and encouraging an environment as possible. For both matches, the achievement, improvement, and passion of our members was evident.
The 2018/19 exec have big and exciting plans for the coming year, but this is certainly built on the success of this amazing year. Big thank you to our members, hope you have an amazing summer – and to those graduating, all the luck in the world. You have helped to make Mixed Hockey one of the best experiences of university, and will be sorely missed.
Mary and Linesy xxx