Neil is ready to take the pain in ice hockey goal for charity

Neil Oglesbee is preparing himself for his ice hockey charity challenge
Neil Oglesbee is preparing himself for his ice hockey charity challenge

A MAN with no skating experience will go in goal during the interval of a charity ice hockey match and have 100 shots fired at him.

Neil Oglesbee, 34, of Queens Road, Bourne, will embark on the challenge during the first break of the fundraising game between the Peterborough Islanders 2012 and Ex Peterborough Islanders.

This takes place at Planet Ice in Peterborough in aid of the Peterborough Islanders and Macmillan Cancer Support on Sunday at 5.30pm.

Neil is feeling a bit apprehensive about the challenge, having never played ice hockey, and said: “It’s a novel idea, and no doubt a painful one. I am definitely feeling nervous as it gets closer.

“I am very poor at skating, and have only been once in the last 20 years.”

Neil said he was talked into the fundraiser titled “An Idiot Gets Hurt” after going on a brewery trip with Andy Binder from the Red Lion pub in Bourne who sponsors the Islanders.

Neil, who works as a traffic administrator at the Carlsberg depot in Bourne, said he knows it is going to hurt but said: “Unfortunately there is not much training I can do to prepare. It’s a case of suck it and see on the night and hope it doesn’t hurt too much.

“I have been playing rugby for Bourne for three years now so am getting used to the pain.”

Neil hopes people will sponsor him to help raise as much money as possible for these two causes ahead of his brave efforts against the ice hockey players who will be aiming shots his way.

Macmillan, in particular, is a charity which is close to his heart. He said: “As well as looking after my father and a good friend called Kit Chown during his last days with stomach cancer, they have also provided immense support to others with various degrees of cancer and their families.

“This includes Lauryn Atkinson when she was ill.”

Bourne Westfield Primary School pupil Lauryn, eight, is in remission now, after being diagnosed with leukaemia in July 2008.

She had been having regular chemotherapy at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge until October. Although in remission she still has to attend clinics for blood tests.

Anyone interested in going to watch Neil take part in his challenge can do so.

Tickets cost £5 for adults, £3 for children and £3 for concessions.

To sponsor Neil visit www.justgiving.com/anidiotgetshurt