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Autism East Midlands will be providing a weekly platform for staff, service users and supporters to share their experiences and news. In this first “blog piece” Corporate Fundraiser Joe Butterworth talks about the wonderful support given to Autism East Midlands by Nottingham Panthers.

In July 2018, Nottingham Panthers chose Autism East Midlands as their Charity of the Year for the 2018/19 season. As I write this, the Ice-Hockey Season has just started and Nottingham Panthers have begun the season with three fantastic victories including a win over their closest rivals, the Sheffield Steelers.

Nottingham Panthers are one of the biggest Ice-Hockey teams in the country, their home is the National Ice Centre where they average crowds of roughly 5,600 per home match. This made them the best attended Ice Hockey team in the British league last season. Gary Moran, the General Manager of Nottingham Panthers said “The Nottingham Panthers ice hockey team has a big commitment to the local community and is involved in many projects involving local schools, health initiatives and charity fund raising. Every year the club chooses a particular charity to support. This season we are hoping for big things on the ice as the team strives to add to its silverware collection, but we will also continue to support local causes at the same time and this year we have chosen to support Autism East Midlands’

In the coming year Autism East Midlands is going to be doing lots of exciting activities with Nottingham Panthers. According to Gary Moran, ‘the biggest part of the fund raising will come at Christmas time and early in the new year when Panthers will wear a special jersey for two huge home games. The shirts will then be auctioned off. Every penny from the auction of the players’ shirts will go to Autism East Midlands.

There will be plenty of opportunity for you to get involved in our work with Nottingham Panthers. If you would like to volunteer, fundraise or support us in any way. Please feel free to contact me at joe.butterworth@autismeastmidlands.org.uk