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Special ice team aim for Canada

A team of children with special needs are hoping to play ice hockey in Canada after being invited to take part in a special tournament.

The SPICE  (Special People on ICE) team, from Slough, are trying to raise funds for the once-in-a-lifetime trip next year.

Members of the team, based at the Absolutely Ice Arena, are aged 18 and under have a wide range of needs including autism, Down’s Syndrome and cerebral palsy.

Dad Elliott Allen, whose son, Lewis Riley, 15, is a member of the team, is planning to climb the Three Peaks in September to raise money for the trip.

He said: “The SPICE Jets have been invited to a tournament in Canada in 2013 and I would like to do my bit in helping this very special group of children attend.

“It would only be a drop in the ocean of the amount of support and enjoyment they have given to my son.

“He was quite isolated before he started there, children with special needs tend to get bullied and name-calling. It has given him a new lease of life and lots more friends.”

Elliott and his friends Dan Turner, Mark Corrick, and Tom Armes are training to climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon within 24 hours in the sponsored challenge.

A fundraising golf day is also being planned for the end of June to raise money for the ice hockey trip.

The team need to raise between £40-50,000 for about 30 children and a parent or carer to be able to go to the tournament in Canada.


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