September 16, 2019

At the beginning of last week it was announced the Vicki Thomas, wife of Manchester Storm Academy coach Mark and mum to Bailey and Harley, passed away after a battle with breast cancer.

This past weekend gave the club a chance to show its respect and pay tribute to someone who has made such a big impression on the Storm, the players and their families.

Manchester teams at u9, u13 and u18 were all in action and wore pink armbands carrying Vicki’s initials and the ‘Prevent Breast Cancer’ logo.  A moment of silence was held at each of the games – the u9 jamboree, the u13A home game and the u13B away game in Billingham.

Storm Academy chairman Seth Bennett said: “It has been a really tough week for everyone involved in the Manchester Storm Academy.

“Yesterday was a chance for the club to show Mark, Bailey and Harley that we are here for them and will support them in whatever way we can.

“I am so proud of the kids, the parental group and the wider hockey family for the way they have all responded.

“A big thank you to Billingham for donating their raffle and 50/50 money and observing a minutes silence before the game, and our U9s, U13s and U18s for showing their support and to the Storm and Steelers for showing theirs.

“There is little doubt as to the impact Vicki Thomas has had in so many people’s lives over the years and the love and affection of so many, I hope is a comfort to Mark and the boys.

” To Vic you may be gone and you will be missed, but we are all here trying to do you proud and continue your great work in raising awareness and money to help prevent cancer. You have left an amazing legacy.

“I feel very, very proud of the Storm Academy this morning.”