University of Plymouth Hockey Club (UPHC) women’s team chooses HeartSWell as their Charity of the Year

HeartSWell is pleased to announce that UPHC (University of Plymouth Hockey Club) women’s team have chosen HeartSWell as their charity to fundraise for this year.

Fundraising Chair Lizzy Binks explained: ‘we have chosen HeartSWell because we felt it is important to give back to the local community. Though many students come to Plymouth to study from all over the country and indeed all over the world, we all feel that giving to small local charity is key.’


Koletta Jurskyte, Marketing and Operations Assistant responded, saying: ‘I feel especially privileged when one of the clubs from Plymouth University chose to fundraise for our charity as Plymouth University is my alumni. I also think that when a university sports club fundraise for us it plays a huge part in raising awareness, as heart disease and cardiac arrest are generally associated with older people and the impact and risk to younger people is often forgotten.

It is estimated that 12 people a week under the age of 35 will suffer a cardiac arrest and important to note; sudden cardiac arrest is the most common identifiable cause for death in athletes.

It is encouraging to hear that young people want to give back to local charities in the communities in which they live. As a charity, we feel very passionate about raising awareness around the subject of cardiac arrest and CPR and training people in our local area to save lives. We hope that we can give something back and educate more people about early defibrillation and CPR.’

As one of their first fundraising activities of the year, 5 people from the UPHC team ran the Plymouth 10k on Sunday 7th October and raised an incredible £330.

Yesterday Sunday, 14th October the team held another event. Together with the male hockey team they held bake sale at Lipson Community College raising funds for HeartSWell and Help for Heroes.

We would like to thank everyone on the team for supporting us!


UPHC female runners running for heartswell

Martha Howells
Livvy Potter
Hannah Holloway
Becky Edwards
Lizzy Binks