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WHEN it comes to fundraising, a hockey club got on a roll to rake in cash.

A roller disco was held on Saturday where people of all ages and abilities packed into the Solent Arena, in Standard Way, Fareham.

ROUND THEY GO Sam Hall, nine, and Henry Preston, 10, during the roller disco at the Solent Arena. Picture: Paul Jacobs (133503-2)

ROUND THEY GO Sam Hall, nine, and Henry Preston, 10, during the roller disco at the Solent Arena. Picture: Paul Jacobs (133503-2)

The three-hour event saw skaters dance around the recently-refurbished rink to music, and dress in festive gear to keep the mood light-hearted.

About 100 people attended the party.

Money raised will go to the Panthers Youth Roller Hockey Club, which plays its games in the Fareham venue, and has about 20 members.

Karl Smith volunteers for the Panthers hockey club and is also a skater, player and referee.

He said: ‘We have about 20 children who play with the club and it’s a non-contact sport.

‘We have kids as young as four, up to 16, and we held this disco to fundraise for the club.

‘Money is raised through subscriptions, plus parents donate or volunteer their time.’

The club wants to raise £4,000 so it can buy new equipment for first-time players to experience the sport.

Tickets for the roller derby were £5 per person, and donations could be made on the day.

Karl added: ‘Buying all the equipment to be in the team can get quite expensive – about £300.

‘So we want to invest in the equipment and people can give it a go and see if it’s for them.

‘Then if they like it, they know it’s worth it to spend the money.’

Young Eden Cerdan, aged two, is a keen skater.

His dad Sebastien, 27, of Mabey Close, Gosport, started skating from age nine, and wants to pass the skills on to his son.

He said: ‘I have been skating since I was nine and play hockey.

‘But I felt I was slower than other people in the team because I started later.

‘I want my son to be the best, so he started earlier this year, and I think he’s doing really well.’

Haydn Davidson, five, is a member of the Panthers.

He said: ‘I like playing with the team.

‘I enjoy getting goals and making new friends, plus I have a lot of fun.’