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Toni can't be down in the mouth with friends like these!

Published on: 22 Dec 2017

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MEMBERS of a Hanham-based hockey club came to the rescue of a team mate after she needed costly dental work following an accident during a game.

Disaster struck in September when first team player Toni Clochier was hit in the mouth by a hockey ball during the first game of the season.

Even though Toni was wearing a dentist-made gum shield she required an emergency trip to the dental hospital.  Toni needed major work and faced a hefty bill.

Ever the trooper,Toni returned to hockey the very next week, determined not to let her team down. 

Inspired by Toni's dedication to the Jaspers Ladies Hockey Club, team mate Bridget Price came up with an idea. She asked her family members and their friends to knit Jaspers LHC-inspired pink and black woolly hats so they could be sold to raise money towards Toni’s dental work. Everyone knew the reason behind the hats, apart from Toni, who was told they were being knitted in aid of general fundraising for the club. Members and supporters quickly got behind the idea, all buying hats not only for themselves but for family members too. 

Soon there was a sea of pink and black bobble hats on the sideline cheering on the club's teams when they played.

At the final training session before the Christmas break, the true reason for the hats was revealed to Toni, who voiced her appreciation on social media.

"I’m completely overwhelmed and feeling entirely grateful to have such amazing people in my life," she said.

Jaspers LHC would like to thank everyone for supporting Bridget in raising funds for Toni. 

If you’re interested in joining Jaspers Ladies Hockey Club you can make contact via www.jasperlhc.co.uk or social media.

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