Last weekend, in the spirit of giving and spreading joy during the festive season, Telford Tigers hosted their annual teddy toss weekend that not only delighted fans but also brought comfort to local children in need.
The heart-warming event, held during games against Bees IHC and Altrincham Aces, witnessed an incredible outpouring of generosity as over 250 teddy bears rained down onto the ice in flurry of furry throws. From small plush teddies to larger, more elaborate stuffed animals, each bear represented a gesture of kindness and a willingness from Tigers fans to contribute to a greater cause.
Embodying the spirit of community champions, Telford Tigers players visited the Children’s ward of the Princess Royal Hospital on Tuesday afternoon to personally deliver the donated teddy bears. The smiles that lit up the faces of the poorly children were a testament to the success of the Teddy Toss weekend, extending its impact far beyond the ice rink.
Head Coach and General Manager of Telford Tigers, Tom Watkins, shared his thoughts on the event’s success,
“The annual Teddy Toss is a highlight for our club and fans alike. Seeing the overwhelming support from our community and the joy it brings to the children in the hospital makes it truly special. It goes beyond the game and emphasises the positive influence sports can have in uplifting spirits and making a meaningful difference in people’s lives. I would like to personally thank the fans and volunteers for making this possible.”
The annual Teddy Toss event not only showcases the tight-knit bond between Telford Tigers and their community but also exemplifies the profound impact sports can have when combined with a generous and compassionate spirit. As the teddy bears find new homes in the arms of young patients, the Telford Tigers community can take pride in creating lasting memories that extend far beyond the hockey season.