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Fundraisers don baggy trousers in memory of Tring hockey player Brendan

Tring Hockey Club held a fundraiser in memory of goalkeeper Brendan Wright. PNL-140730-151338001

Tring Hockey Club held a fundraiser in memory of goalkeeper Brendan Wright. PNL-140730-151338001

 

Fundraisers donned baggy trousers in memory of a dad whose life was cut short just six months after he was diagnosed with cancer.

Tragically Tring hockey player Brendan Wright’s wife Eithne died just the previous year from leukaemia leaving their 10 year old son Xavier an orphan.

Brendan - a goalkeeper for Tring Hockey Club - was well-known for his bright baggy trousers, which inspired players old and new to turn out in loose fitting trousers for a fundraising evening at the club on Wednesday, July 16.

Club secretary Clare Whitehead said: “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 Rennie Grove House Hospice Care helped him a lot, so we wanted to do something to help raise some money.

“Brendan always had loud baggy trousers, it was his trademark. It was lovely to see so many people wearing them on the evening to remember Brendan.

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

Brendan, who lived in Aston Clinton, was helped by Rennie Grove Hospice Care and Florence Nightingale Hospice during his illness so the £250 raised at the fundraising event will be split between the two causes.

Brendan and Eithne’s son Xavier is now being looked after by another family member.

 

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