A BICESTER roller derby team have dedicated their 2014 fundraising effort to helping Helen and Douglas House hospice.

Code Red Roller Derby, which was set up in February, has chosen the hospice for children and young people in Magdalen Road, East Oxford, as its official charity for the year.

The 18-member team plan to hold events and take part in several activities to raise money.

Team member Sharon Greenwood, 45, of Deddington, near Banbury, said: “We wanted to support a local charity because it is something we are all passionate about but we couldn’t decide so we put it to a Facebook vote.

“I think Helen and Douglas House is a wonderful and worthwhile cause.”

Roller derby is a contact sport which originates in the USA and is played by two teams of five players roller skating in the same direction around a track.

  • The team plays at the town’s sports centre in Queens Avenue on Sundays from 7pm to 8.30pm. Contact the group on codered rollerderby@ yahoo.com