Grays have released 88 limited edition sticks in honour of Seoul Olympian Imran Sherwani. Donations will go towards Alzheimer’s Research UK.
Sherwani, 59, was diagnosed with the Alzheimer’s disease last year, with family and friends continuing to raise money for the charity, including running the London Marathon.
The limited edition Karachi King sticks have been reimagined in composite specification for modern performance.
The 88 sticks to be sold are replicas of the Grays Karachi King Midi Carbotuf which Sherwani used in 1988 to score two goals, including the winner, for GB against Germany in the Olympic final.
Richard Gray, Grays’ CEO commercial, said: “As well as being one of the real heroes of GB Hockey, Imran was truly an iconic ambassador for Grays Hockey. It was our great pleasure to ask Steve how we could contribute and help with the campaign.
“We were delighted to be able to produce a limited edition of this modern re-incarnation of the famous Karachi King Carbo stick, which was used by Imran to score 2 of the 3 goals in the 1988 Olympic final in Seoul to help secure the Gold medal for Great Britain.
“Alzheimer’s affects so many of us and our families in so many ways and we are proud to be able to support Alzheimer’s Research UK with every stick we sell.”
Julia Sobik, head of sporting events at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said that the proceeds would add to the hockey community and team-mate Steve Batchelor’s fundraising efforts in Imran’s honour.
She said: “Unless we act now, one in three people born today will develop dementia in their lifetime.
“But thanks to brilliant fundraising efforts like this our scientists will make breakthroughs that will help will keep people connected to their families, their world and themselves for longer.”