World Record Attempt for Leo the Lion

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This is a slightly personal article compared to our normal musings.  Today I would like to talk to you about something my very good friend is involved in, raising money and awareness for young Leo, while breaking a world record!  I know that many people do not want to read sob stories and will skip over articles they feel fall into this category, let me assure you that this is quite different.  Please bare with me.

12243070_1763597517204619_1876624161493506691_nMy friend Jim is a hockey player, he has been for years.  These days Jim is part of a inline hockey team that is attempting to break the record for the longest inline hockey game, ever and they are doing it in the name of Leo the Lion, a young boy who at just three years old is suffering from a PNET tumour, a very rare kind of tumour, he had his last chemotherapy treatment yesterday and tomorrow will be in isolation while they wait for it to do its job .  

Jim found out about Leo through his friendship with Karl Niamatali, who plays for team GB.  After finding out about the fight that this little lad has been faced with, a group of hockey players from all over got together and decided to try to break the world record.  It is all being done professionally and Guinness World Records will be at the venue on Saturday to ensure the rules are followed.  

Karl Niamatali  and I played each other in a few tournaments. I thought he was an amazing guy. Very talented player and probably the best attitude I’ve seen in a hockey player. He was funny, motivating and inspiring. He regularly put photos of Leo on Facebook saying how amazing he was, how he was a fighter and really brave, so I started following his progress. One day I see a conversation between Karl and someone else saying how we could do something challenging to raise money and the world record idea came up. So I sent a message saying that if it went ahead id like to be part of it. A few months later I get the message asking me to confirm and I’ve been in the lineup since.

If you would like to find out more about young Leo, there is a Facebook page dedicated to his fight against this illness, Leo the Lion’s Fight for Survival Against PNET.  It has regular updates on this brave little boy and information on all the ways you can support him and his family through this difficult time.  It is a very uplifting and positive read, Leo is a child whose smile is contagious, just looking at one of his pictures will have you beaming.  Leo’s fight will help others like him who suffer with this rare tumour as well, it is a most worthy cause.

As for the world record here is the line up of the teams – 

TEAM LIONS

POWELL #8
HUGHES #12
HAMMOND #17
HERBERT #28
SHANAHAN #5
LEWIS # 61
LANN #90
???? #78
TAFFY #3
RUSSELL #5
AITCH #7
CHURMS #14
BLEASDALE #24
WRIGHT #91
CAPPER #3
JACQUES #42

TEAM LEO

B .COMMINS #21
NUTNEY #25
ROWLAND #82
HILLS #13
C.MORRIS #11
LEO #4
MORRIS #96
OLLIE #30
DOYLE #20
HUTCHINSON #55
R.COMMINS #87
PORTER #44
MEATBALL #93
JUDGE #13
HOLDING #33
GALLERY # 23

 

The date for the World Record for Leo the Lion attempt is Sunday 20th March at Atherton Roller Rink, Manchester.

12800108_1754327851464919_2799171666338968256_nHere the teams, along with volunteer officials will spend a minimum of 31 hours playing hockey non-stop to not only get the record but raise as much money for the cause as humanly possible.  You can find out more about the attempt and how you can support the teams by checking out the Facebook Page World Record Attempt for the Longest Inline Hockey Game.

If you can help with the fundraising, anything would be gratefully received, here is the Go Fund Me page.  Thank you! 

About Author

Founder of Eclectic Enchantments blog, Erika has also been a beauty writer, fashion writer and Beauty & Accessories Editor for a large online magazine before starting Erisea. Erika lives with her dog, Hendrix and beautiful baby girl. She suffers with Fibromyalgia and CFS, among other illnesses which leaves her housebound much of the time. Her passion is writing.

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