TUNBRIDGE WELLS Hockey Club welcomed the Hockey for Heroes squad to Kent College in Pembury on Saturday for two fundraising and practice matches ahead of their remarkable #OpStretcher challenge in May and June.

Hockey for Heroes raise funds in aid of the charity for injured service personnel, Help for Heroes.

Over a 10-day period starting on May 26, they will march more than 200 miles from Sophia Gardens in Cardiff to the Olympic Park at Lee Valley in London in a bid to raise £50,000.

Across the full distance they will be carrying an injured former Royal Marine, Dom Lovett, on a stretcher.

Along the route various clubs will play host to them with their men’s and ladies’ teams playing over 30 games.

After walking from Dover to Folkestone and playing the latter club the day before, the H4H squad underwent a stretcher- bearer training session at Bewl Water, learning how to transition between carriers while on the move.

The matches that followed at Kent College were of a high standard and Tunbridge Wells’ men and ladies managed to win both.

If you wish to make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Hockey4Heroes or Text HOCKEY to 70900.