It's an 'ice earner' for military charity
Published: 29 Sep 2013 09:300 comments
Heroes On Ice, held on Saturday at the John Nike Leisure Centre, Bracknell, raised more than £25,000 for the charity Walking With The Wounded through two shows.
The shows, featuring stars of ITV’s Dancing On Ice Matt Evers, Frankie Poultney and Maria Fillipov, among others, graced the ice along with some sensational youngsters displaying local talent. Organiser Melanie Perry said: “It was absolutely fantastic, the skating was out of this world, they blew the audience away. Everyone was full of praise for the show.”
The show was raising money for Walking With The Wounded, which supports service personnel into re-education and employment. It is organising the South Pole Allied Challenge – where three teams of injured servicemen and woman from the UK, US and the Commonwealth will race to the South Pole. The patron of the charity is Prince Harry, who will be accompanying the teams on the trek through severe weather conditions.
Team GB attended the Heroes on Ice evening show.
Matt Evers, one of the professional skaters taking part in Heroes On Ice, suffered a setback after his skating boots and two costumes for the show were stolen a few days before opening.
Matt had to race to Sheffield to pick up a spare pair of skates and managed to secure a matching costume at the last minute. Ms Perry said: “He had blisters on his foot by the end of it.”
More than 20 youngsters who train at the ice rink took part in the show, including Aliaksei Pilko, who wowed the audience with a tricky ‘cantilever’ move, which appears to defy gravity. A theme for one of the numbers was ‘Around The World In 80 Days’, in which the Queen, a Chinese dragon and a Texas-inspired Ho Down all graced the ice.
Two ice skating boots signed by the cast of Heroes On Ice is going up for auction on Ebay to raise more money for the cause.