Ice skaters will get the chance to take to the rink again before Christmas.
A rink similar to the one brought to the island for the first time in 2009 is making a return this year in St John’s.
The organisers of the island’s real ice rinks at the Villa Marina Gardens have teamed up with PokerStars through their corporate giving programme ‘Helping Hands’ and Tynwald Mills Shopping Centre to provide ‘Ice Skate Isle of Man’ this winter.
One of the main aims for the rink is to raise thousands of pounds for charities through a series of events throughout December. The charities chosen to benefit are Save the Children, Age Concern, Hospice Isle of Man and The Children’s Centre and with dedicated charity events planned – organisers hope to deliver an early Christmas present for the charities supporting the amazing work being done by them all over the island
This year the rink will run from December 7 through to January 6 and will be at the entrance to the Tynwald Mills Shopping Centre in St John’s.
ITV’s Dancing on Ice 2007 winner Kyran Bracken was in the island to promote it this week.
He said: ‘It has been nearly three years since the ice rink was last in the Isle of Man and when given the opportunity to work with PokerStars and Tynwald Mills and together, raise a large sum of money for four island-based charities, I jumped at the chance to be involved again.’
Sue Hammett, head of corporate giving at PokerStars and the ‘lead’ on Helping Hands, said: ‘We are delighted to be involved with Ice Skate Isle of Man this year – and our main aim through Helping Hands is to raise as much money as possible for the chosen charities, whilst giving the local community a great attraction over Christmas’
Stephen Bradley, owner of Tynwald Mills, said: ‘Tynwald Mills is thrilled to be hosting the Ice Skate Isle of Man this year and in the process helping to raise valuable funds for some very worthy charities. We look forward to welcoming everyone here during the festive season.’
The winter rink will run from Saturday, December 7, until Monday, January 6, and will be seven days a week.
Tickets will go on sale on 1st November 2013 and be available from.iceskate.im and more information will become available on this site in the coming week.
More details of charity days and evenings throughout December will also be released soon.