HUNDREDS of balloons filled the sky across Burton as part of an effort to raise cash to pay for a vital new sports facility.
Burton Hockey Club was behind the unusual fund-raising scheme in a bid to secure money for a new Astroturf pitch costing more than £50,000.
The balloon release, which took place at Shobnall Leisure Complex, is one of several events being organised by club bosses to help raise the required funds.
Burton Hockey Club’s Steve Morrison spoke to the Mail about the future proposals.
He said: “We have already secured some major funding partners for the new Astroturf pitch but still need to raise a further £25,000 ourselves to make it a reality.
“So our next major fund-raising event will be a high-profile sportsman’s dinner where we have obtained the services of ex-England international footballer Jimmy Greaves as the main speaker.”
The sportsman’s evening will take place at St George’s Park on September 17.
The great Burton Hockey Club balloon race, as it was called, is expected to have raised around £2,000 towards the Peter Ellis Astro Dream Fund.
A total of 1,000 balloons were launched, with a ‘fantastic’ prize for the person whose balloon travelled furthest.
The fund was set up after the death of Peter Ellis in 2011.
The Burton Hockey Club stalwart left a £10,000 legacy to the club, which sparked the move for a new Astroturf pitch. Money raised for the new pitch currently stands at a figure in excess of £50,000.
More information about the next fund-raising event is available by contacting Burton Hockey Club president Willie Welch by emailing President@burtonhockeyclub.org.uk
Details are also available online at www.burtonhockeyclub.org.uk/
The club is also searching for more volunteers to help with a variety of roles and tasks.
These include men’s fixtures secretary and several roles in the youth academy.
Anyone interested is urged to contact the club via its website.