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Grimsby Gator’s dribbled all day for poorly babies

The team raised money by hosting a day long basketball tournament.

Ben Williams, Gator’s coach said “The event went really well and lots of people came along to enjoy it. It was a chance for teams to showcase the sport as well as raise money for a very worthwhile charity”.

The Gators not only raised £320 for the Health Tree Foundation’s (HTF) Little Lives Fund for the Neonatal Unit, but also raised a further £320 for Teenage Cancer Trust.

Derek Robbins, Gator team member, said: “I had organised a charity event years ago and the idea came to do another to raise funds for the Neonatal Unit with the aid of the Gators.

Derek added: “When the day came I was amazed and proud of the support shown by the Gators and also other basketball players in the region. It was fantastic to see everyone have a great time and come together to make a difference”.

The HTF’s Little Lives fund helps to grant wishes for women and children services at Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital.

The teams and resources support the journey of poorly baby’s from their first cries in the birthing rooms through to giggles on the children’s ward.

Lauren Alexander, community champion for HTF added: “I would like to say a huge thank you to the Gators and other teams involved for thinking of us during their fundraising efforts. We have recently purchased some all singing and dancing breastfeeding chairs for those precious moments and without support like this, we would not be able to grant wishes for the unit.”

If you would like to organise your own charity event for Grimsby Hospital, please get in touch with Lauren Alexander on 03033 30415 or

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