Hockey players raise money in memory of tragic team mate

Players at Tring Hockey Club remember their former team mate Brendan Wright, who passed away in May
Players at Tring Hockey Club remember their former team mate Brendan Wright, who passed away in May

A hockey player who passed away suddenly after being diagnosed with cancer was remembered by team mates in a fundraiser for the hospice which cared for him.

Brendan Wright died on May 7 – just six months after his diagnosis – and his team mates at Tring Hockey Club recently wore bright baggy trousers in his memory and raised money to support Rennie Grove Hospice Care.

Brendan, who lived in Aston Clinton, had been a goal keeper for many years and was a well-liked and respected member of the team.

Tring Hockey Club secretery Clare Whitehead said: “Brendan always had loud baggy trousers, it was his trade mark. It was lovely to see so many people wearing them on the evening to remember him.

“People came along who hadn’t played for years and younger players came too. It was an amazing evening.

“He died so quickly after diagnosis that lots of people hadn’t even known he was ill. It was such a shock to everyone, and so terribly sad that it happened so soon after his wife died.

“I know Iain Rennie Hospice at Gone helped him a lot, so we wanted to do something to help raise some money.”

Brendan’s passing now sadly leaves his 10-year-old son Xavier an orphan, as tragically his wife Eithne died of leukaemia the previous year. He is now in the care of another family member.

Players were charged £5 to take part in the evening and £250 was raised which has been split between Iain Rennie Hospice at Home and Florence Nightingale Hospice in Aylesbury, where Brendan also received care.

Iain Rennie Hospice at Home is part of Rennie Grove Hospice Care, and £20 funds an hour of specialist nursing care in a patient’s home or at our day hospice at Grove House in St Albans.

If you would like to help raise money for Rennie Grove Hospice Care, please call our community fundraising team on 01442 820711.