Tom Wilson Memorial Hockey Tournament

Tom Wilson takes on Barry Middleton

Old Loughtonians Hockey Club will be hosting a tournament on Sunday 11 December in memory of Thomas Wilson, aged 22, who tragically died in a training ground accident playing hockey in December last year.

Teams from OLHC, Lambert Smith Hampton, Havering, Nottingham Trent University, Belper and Beeston will be represented. Some of the Hockey Olympians from Rio 2016 will be in attendance including Barry Middleton, the men’s captain and most capped player in the history of his country.

The event will also mark the launch of the Tom Wilson Memorial Fund Charitable Trust. Tom had signed up to be an organ donor, an action that turned an end into a beginning. His selfless act turned the gift of life into a gift of hope for others. Lisa, Tom’s Mother, and sister Pippa, take great comfort from knowing Tom has given other people a second chance in life.

In fact, through organ donation, many lives can be saved. Lisa and Pippa have been contacted by the parents of one of his recipients- a little girl. Days away from losing her life, she received a lobe of his liver and is recovering well. This is the only organ in the body that continues to grow. Hopefully, this little girl will now be able to live her life to the full.

Tom Wilson in action for Loughts against Havering

Donations to Tom’s fund will be used to promote organ & tissue donor awareness. Major organs can save lives; long bones could help someone who has experienced sporting injuries or skin grafts for someone with horrific burns. The charity will distribute funds to the ‘Donor Family Network’ and contribute to sporting brain injury research, together with England Hockey charities.

Lisa & Pippa Wilson would like to invite members of the Hockey family who have supported them throughout this very difficult year, which also saw the loss of a wonderful husband and father Graham Wilson (Hockey Writer and Journalist) to a tree planting ceremony by the pitch at 1pm.

Any players wishing to join in this event, to celebrate playing the game Tom loved, are asked to contact OLHC. Games start at 11am this Sunday.

There are more details on how to give to the Tom Wilson memorial fund on the Old Loughtonians website.

A signed Great Britain shirt is up for auction as part of the fund raising effort. Bids can be submitted here.