Sharks fans gave generously at the game at Dumfries Ice Bowl on Saturday night, when they were asked to “Hurl a Hug”. Fans were invited to bring along a new soft toy to the game, and at the end of the first period they “hurled” them onto the ice. The toys were all collected up and donated to the Children’s Ward at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, to provide a “hug” for children who will be spending the festive period in hospital.
A total of 59 soft toys were donated, and delighted staff from the Children’s Ward were on hand to collect them at the end of the game.
Stuart Brown of the Sharks Supporters Association commented, “This was a tremendous effort by everyone – the club and our generous supporters. Everyone worked together to bring the idea to fruition, but without the fans buy-in and participation we wouldn’t have had such a fantastic number of toys to give to the Children’s Ward. It can’t be much fun to spend Christmas in hospital, so having a teddy to hug is a small thing that can make a big difference to a child. Thank you to everyone who donated and made the event possible. We were blown away by the level of support we received, and are hoping to make Hurl a Hug an annual event.”
Below picture shows Sharks players (l-r) Peter Gapa, Callum Boyd, Ross Murray and Kieran Hair with representatives receiving “hugs” on behalf of the Children’s Ward. Credit to Helen Hobbins Photography.