Imagineer supports SCIPS hockey game
Imagineer are delighted to announce their sponsorship of the Wales Select team at this weekend’s charity ice hockey game in support of Special Care Infant Parent Support (SCIPS)
The SCIPS charity was established in the 1980’s to support the work of the NeoNatal ICU unit in UHW.
It was set up by staff members and keen parents who wanted ‘to give something back’, with the aim being to raise funds to help contribute to the care of very sick or premature babies, and to provide a support network for parents.
To support SCIPS, this Sunday the 18th August sees a charity ice hockey match between a Wales Select & the Rest of the World at the Cardiff Ice Arena.
UHW NICU has touched the lives of many in the South Wales area, including those involved in the ice hockey community.
Head Coach for the Wales team, and organiser for the event, is Mark Cuddihy, whose daughter Mia spent time in NICU after being born prematurely.
The Captain for the “Rest of the World” team, is last season’s Imagineer sponsored player Kenton Smith.
Kenton & his wife Fiona, have had very recent experience of the fantastic work of UHW NICU after their son Zander was born approximately 9 weeks early.
After a few weeks of being looked after, Zander is now home and doing very well.
Tickets for the game are £10 for adults, £3 for children & under 3s go free.
These are available from the box office at Cardiff Ice Arena.
If you can’t go to the game, but want to support SCIPS, you can donate through their Virgin Money Giving page.
More details about SCIPS are on their Facebook page
Charity Hockey game
Ice Hockey Supports Neonatal unit in UHW.
The Cardiff Bay Arena is delighted to host ‘Hockey SCIPS’, a charity game between Wales Select v Rest of the World on 18th August, 6pm.
Proceeds from the event will go directly to the ‘Special Care Infant Parent Support’ group, which contributes to the care of very sick or premature babies, sometimes born as early as just 23 weeks.
The funds raised at the game will directly help the Neonatal unit at the University Hospital of Wales.
‘We are so thankful and excited for this big charity event that will combine welsh sport with raising awareness about ‘special care babies’ said Louise Bridge, speaking for SCIPS.
‘At the event we will show pictures of babies that have been cared for over the years and how they have developed now. This will be such a positive experience for parents that have been through the stressful time of having a baby that requires lifesaving care.’
There will be plenty to view on the ice too, as several Devils’ favourites – and their opposite numbers – have agreed to play in the match.
For the Wales team none other than Jonathan Phillips, Mathew Myers and legendary Devil Nicky Chinn will ice while Kenton Smith, Mark Richardson and Jason Hewitt will be on the Rest of the World roster. Many more players will be announced in the coming days.
This particular cause is very close to the heart of the organiser of the event, and Head Coach of the Cardiff Devils NIHL team Mark Cuddihy as his own daughter, Mia, was cared for by the unit when she was born 2 months early.
“Having spent 4 weeks in the unit watching the incredible care the doctors and nurses give to each of the babies and parents, I just wanted to try and give something back.
I know the Cardiff ice hockey community is strong and they rally together when help is needed. This will be the first ice hockey game in the arena since the end of last season and we are hoping to warm up the fans ahead of the EIHL Devils pre-season schedule. I really hope we can sell as many tickets as possible and support this excellent cause.
I would like to thank all the players that have agreed to take part, especially Neil Francis, who has been fantastic in helping me organise the game. I would also like to thank Brent Pope, Devils MD, for allowing us to use the Devils website for publicity, Planet Ice for their generous help of this unique event and nutshell events for their support.’
Tickets will be on sale Monday 5th Aug at Cardiff Ice Arena. Cash only purchases are available, and the general-seating tickets can be bought on the day of the game. If you can’t attend but would like to support the cause you can donate by visiting
and clicking ‘make a donation’
Devils at Ty Hafan
Imagineer & Cardiff Devils players were back at Tŷ Hafan last week helping out in the latest phase of transforming the adolescent “den” at the hospice.
Kenton had previously visited after Imagineer helped stock a nail bar for the girls that visit Tŷ Hafan. Having had a tour of the hospice, he told the rest of the team who were keen to get involved.
One thing that needed doing was turning one of the walls pink to ‘reclaim’ part of the room for the girls. Step forward the decorating duo of Kenton & Mark Smith!
Angela Tucker of Tŷ Hafan found some suitable paint and the boys set to work turning the wall ‘Sexy Pink’. Paul Sullivan of Nutshell and Jason Digby of Imagineer were also on hand however thanks to the roller and brush skills of the Smith boys, they were mostly left on the bench.
Mark proved an old hand and the wall was soon taped off and ready for painting. The Smith brothers made short work of the painting, and before long very feminine pink glow had transformed part of the room. Many of the staff came in to have a look, and the one common theme was “the boys won’t like that” – we are keen to hear about the reactions of seeing it for the first time!
“The den is a great place for the teenagers to spent time with their friends but it has become a little male dominated over the years” explained Angela “so it’s about time the girls had their own space.
A quick line change meant Mac Faulkner & Tyson Marsh soon arrived, fresh from a school visit (for the Devils Community Foundation) to provide the finishing touches to the wall, and take a tour of the hospice with Angela.
“On behalf of everyone at Tŷ Hafan I would like to thank Kenton and Mark and the rest of the players involved for all their hard work. The girls will love it”
Both Mac & Ty were overwhelmed by the facilities and support, including the work being done by Ty Hafan outreach services “I’ve never seen anything like it, in any of the countries I have visited” said Faulkner.
Once the tour had completed, Mac & Ty were asking Angela what help they and the rest of the team could provide. Mac explained how his charity HP4K (Hockey Players 4 Kids) supports like minded facilities and charities all over the world. After a great discussion, plans were made and there will be some exciting news about future fundraising and support in the coming weeks.
Over £1000 raised
So Movember has come and gone.
Mo’s are no more, and it feels strange to feel the wind on my face again.
Well done to everyone who took part, and in particular to the members of the Imagineer team.
We managed to raise a total of £1,155 overall. A great effort!
Nearly £19 million was raised in the UK, putting the country 2nd in the leader board behind Canada.
Those Canadian boys love their Mos! No surprise though, just look at Kenton’s effort this year that got him the ‘Best Mo’ award at the Devils.
Worldwide an incredible £75.6 million has been raised so far. That’s likely to go up as donations keep coming in.
That’s a great amount that will be put to work in helping improve men’s health programmes.
So thank you from men everywhere – for your donations, your support, and of course your magnificent Mos.
Cardiff gets Cosy
Good to see the new ‘Cosy Club’ open in St Davids 2 this week. A welcome addition to Cardiff’s scene.
Loving the quirky interior, take a look at the gallery below:
Red Army vs Food at the North Star
Fans of Adam Richman’s ‘Man vs Food’ TV show can now emulate his exploits at the North Star on North Rd Cardiff.
Every Wednesday is Man v Food night, where the brave & the possibly foolish take on such challenges as the 45 oz burger, Extreme Chilli & Dead Budgie Hot Wings. A vegetarian Chilli option is also available.
The North Star sponsor the ‘North Stars of the Game’ at the Devils’ home games, and we’ve organised a night where the Cardiff Devils’ Red Army can try their luck and take on the challenge themselves.
It’ll be on Wednesday November 28th, and we’ll have some of the Cardiff Devils players along to shout encouragement and maybe even have a go themselves!
Places are limited, so anyone wanting to come along needs to send an email with their details and how many spaces they’d like to reserve. Drop us an email to register your interest.
We’ll need a pre-order nearer the time, so the kitchen can work out how to fit all the food into the available oven space.
So take a look at the Man v Food menu here, and plan your tactics!
The Devils get BizNasty
NHL player Paul Bissonnette makes his home debut for the Cardiff Devils this Sunday against Fife.
The Cardiff Devils signed ‘BizNasty’ from the Phoenix Coyotes on a lockout contract last week and he made his debut in Scotland last weekend.
Battling jet lag and a long bus trip, he scored after just 72 seconds in his first game and ended up with a creditable 2+1 from his first 2 games.
Imagineer are looking forward to seeing Biz playing at home this weekend, and seeing the reaction around the world from the game video highlights that we’ll be putting out on @CdfDevilsLive
A player known more for his social media presence than his NHL ice time, Bissonnette brings welcome publicity to the Devils. His twitter account has more than 350,000 followers and this can only be good exposure for Cardiff and the Elite League.
Welcome to Cardiff Biz, it’s a great city to play in.
Supporting Tŷ Hafan
Imagineer are delighted to announce their support for local charity Tŷ Hafan.
The company, who sponsor Cardiff Devils defenceman Kenton Smith and also power Devils TV, recently helped set up a nail bar for the teenage girls (and their mums!) who stay at Tŷ Hafan.
“This came about when I saw a message from Frank Ady of Tŷ Hafan on Twitter, asking for help setting up a nail bar” said Jason Digby of Imagineer. “I messaged him back asking what they needed”
“After a few emails, I then set about sourcing the equipment for a fully stocked nail bar for the girls. I now know more than I ever thought I would about nail art!” Jason continued “we’ve provided nail polish, a stand, brushes, buffers & remover pads”
Jason dropped off the equipment at Tŷ Hafan’s HQ to Diane Stringer who then passed it on to the hospice.
When Angela Tucker, the therapist at Tŷ Hafan, had set it up we were invited down to see it and take a tour of the facilities there.
Once Kenton heard about this project he was keen to visit the hospice himself.
Angela explained that having a mobile nail bar meant that many more girls could now have treats and pamper sessions, as it’s the right height for girls that are in bed as well as those in wheelchairs.
“It’ll make a real difference to our girls” she said, “they can’t always get to the therapy room, but now I can go out to them and give them a treat.”
Jason & Kenton were then given a tour of the hospice and shown the new developments at the site.
“After the tour, and hearing about the great work also being done out in the communities of Wales it emphasised to me what a fantastic service Tŷ Hafan provide, and we’re looking at other ways we can help out”
Kenton said “it was great to see the work being done at Tŷ Hafan, myself & the team will definitely help out here any way we can.’
Pictured (L-R) Kenton Smith, Diane Stringer, Angela Tucker, Jason Digby
Thanks to Paul Sullivan of Nutshell Events for the photograph.
Tŷ Hafan offers specialist palliative care tailored to the needs of life-limited children, young people and their families, and is free of charge to those in Wales who need it.
More details can be found here http://www.tyhafan.org/
It’s nearly Movember time.
When men all over the world grow a moustache to help change the face of men’s health.
Support the fight against prostate and testicular cancer.
Here at Imagineer we’ll be donating our faces & growing the Mo.
We’ve got a team going and have already roped in the boys from Nutshell events & Kenton Smith from the Cardiff Devils will be joining us as well.
We would love to have you along as a MoBro or even a MoSista (Moustache not required) You can join the team here:
If you’d just like to donate, then you can do that here: http://mobro.co/imagineerUK
Every donation makes a difference.
Thank you, and embrace the Mo
Last year Movember had over 850,000 participants and raised nearly £80M – MoTastic!
R & R & great seafood. Downtime in Paphos