The Lakeside Hammers Community Programme is declaring 2014 as the year “When Every Point Counts!” as we are thrilled to announce that our Regional Charity for this year will be Little Havens Hospice.

Little Havens Hospice is set in beautiful woodland near Thundersley, Essex and cares for children with life-limiting conditions, and their families, throughout the journey of their illness.

The charity receives limited government funding and is not part of the NHS. Little Havens must, therefore, raise over £50,000 per week to provide the care and services that are required.

The new relationship has been formed with the assistance of our friends, and associate sponsors, Skidmarques Ltd who are pledging to donate £1 to Little Havens Hospice for EVERY race point that the Hammers score throughout 2014.

Skidmarques have also donated their space on the Hammers 2014 race suits, official wear and merchandise to Little Havens Hospice to help maximise awareness of the charity.

In addition, and to boost our support for this fantastic cause, The Hammers are inviting all fans and partners to join Skidmarques’ initiative by donating just 1p for every race point that the team score.  The club will provide details in the near future about exactly how supporters can make their pledge and join in with the following hashtag:  #makingeverypointcount.

Peter Hall, Community Fundraiser for Little Havens Hospice, said  ” On behalf of the children and families we care for, I would like to thank all the riders, staff and supporters of Lakeside Hammers Speedway Team for their support of Little Havens Hospice over the coming racing season.

The donations that we receive will be making every day count for local children and families from Thurrock and across the whole county affected by serious illness. We don’t charge a penny for our care and this is only made possible because of the generosity of the local community. We want to wish Lakeside Hammers every success for a fantastic season and encourage people to come down to roar on the team at their race meetings. The more points the team win will mean more pounds are raised for Little Havens too!”

Keith Playell of Skidmarques said ““Speedway is justly proud of its reputation as a family sport, equally I am proud to be part of The Lakeside Hammers’ family. Any family would find it difficult to contemplate the loss of one of their own, that’s why I am asking The Hammers’ family to help support Little Havens Hospice and the wonderful work that they do.”

Hammers Community Liaison Manager Mark Sexton spent time at the Hospice recently and was inspired by the world-class standard of care and facilities that he saw. “The Hammers are very grateful to have the opportunity to support this wonderful charity and we’re determined to do what we can to increase the profile of Little Havens Hospice and to help them raise the funds to ensure that their vital work can carry on.

Keith Playell , Peter Hall, Mark Sexton

To learn more about Little Havens Hospice, please click here

To learn more about Skidmarques Ltd, please click here

To learn more about the Hammers Community Programme, please click here