Ice hockey fans from all over Fife and Edinburgh put aside their rivalry to rally round for a worthy cause at the weekend.
Saturday’s game between Fife Flyers and Edinburgh Capitals hosted fundraisers from Kidney Research UK, led by long-time Flyers’ fan Cath Buchan, who suffers from kidney disease.
With her trusty band of fundraising helpers Cath, helped by one of the Flyers commercial staff, organised an evening of awareness and fundraising on behalf of Kidney Research UK.
As well as manning a stall with literature promoting the ‘Go Purple for World Kidney Day’ – which is this weekend – and organ donor forms, they rattled collection buckets and held a raffle to win a Flyers’ top and other exciting prizes, including a tour of Kingdom FM and tickets to the Alhambra theatre, with all proceeds going to the charity.
Players from both teams signed special Kidney Research flags which were thrown into the crowd when they did a circuit of the ice before the game began.
And Cath herself took part in a ceremonial puck drop to officially start the game.
Following the fundraiser, she said: “It was a fantastic night and we are really delighted that we raised almost £1300 for the charity. I would like to thank everyone at the Flyers for helping make this possible and all those who helped man the stall and the collection buckets, as well as both sets of fans who were very generous.”
Liz McGuinness, fundraising manager for Scotland, added: “What a way to start off our Go Purple campaign. There was a fantastic atmosphere and the generosity of the supporters was overwhelming.”
Further collections will take place at Braehead and Murrayfield ice rinks this weekend for the charity.