Team 'The Wilson 10'’s story
10 Months, 10 Races, 10 Runners, £10,000 target - For G and Tom
Havering Memorial Fun Run 5k - 16/09/2018 (Completed)
Greenwich Park 10k - 21/10/2018 (Completed)
Bushy Park 10k - 25/11/2018 (Completed)
Richmond Park 10k - 09/12/2018 (Completed)
Olympic Park 10k - 27/01/2019 (Completed)
Victoria Park 10k - 17/02/2019 (Completed)
Brentwood Half Marathon - 17/03/2019 (Completed)
Regents Park 10k - 07/04/2019 (Completed)
Liverpool Marathon - 26/05/2019 (Completed)
Harrow Lodge Parkrun - 22/06/2019 (Completed)
Tom 'Willow' Wilson, aged 22, died on the 9th of December 2015, after a training ground accident at his Hockey club Old Loughtonians. He suffered a traumatic subarachnoid brain haemorrhage after a blow to the head by a stick.
As the family considered organ donation they were informed he signed up as a fresher at Nottingham Trent University, allowing Tom to selflessly donate his organs and tissue to help save and transform the lives of up to 50 people. His teammates who performed CPR helped save Tom’s organs enabling him to give the ultimate gift of life.
What makes this especially sad is that Tom's Dad 'G' Graham, Daily Express and Hockey Writer, suddenly died two months later. G was a lifelong member of Havering Hockey Club in Essex, over his many years at the club he held various roles which included being President. Tom and sister Pippa grew up watching mum, Lisa and G, playing on the Havering grass pitches and Cooper’s Coborn School in Upminster before going onto the minis and junior sections within the club themselves.
G and Tom were respected and known widely within hockey circles none more so than at Havering, where G would regularly frequent the bar on a Saturday evening with his big smile greeting everyone that walked through the door saying "is it my round again'. G is the reason many children get to enjoy the family environment of Havering Hockey club and young players he used to coach are still at the club today.
‘The Wilson 10’ is made up of Havering members, Alex Semon, Catherine Semon, Emily Gilkes-Tarsey, Katie Griggs, Pippa Wilson, Alex Defroand, Alex Lee, Luke Joslin, Michael Hinton and Paul Johnson. The hope is to raise £10,000 for Tom's charity and to continue his legacy that quite rightly continues to grow, we hope that we can make them both proud.