In September, 2007, one of Newcastle’s young rising football stars, Jordan Thompson, who was just 15 years old, lost his life to leukaemia.
Sam Allardyce, Mr and Mrs Thompson and Chris Mort on 23rd September
In the following game against West Ham United on Sunday 23rd September, Newcastle paid tribute to Jordan, and wore black armbands in his memory. We won that game 3-1.
Jordan was treated in the Teenage Cancer Unit at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) at the same time as Michael Balfour, 17, from South Shields, and Daniel Squires, 16, from Jarrow, and the three of them became very good friends, while fighting for their young lives.
Sadly, Daniel lost his battle with bone cancer last July, but Michael has been in remission from nasal cancer for two years now.
Paying tribute to Jordan Thompson
We are writing about this today because Jordan’s mother, Andrea, is raising money for the £1.9M rebuild of the teenage cancer unit, which is run by the National Charity Teenage Cancer Trust.
Andrea has organized a special Black and White Bash at St James’ Park in support of this Toma Fund, and we are delighted to publicize this event.
Michael was a committed Sunderland fan, and therefore both Newcastle and Sunderland fans can forget their differences on this night, and get together for what is an extremely worthwhile cause.
Michael’s family will also be attending the event.
The Toma Fund patron and Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor, will be at the worthwhile event, and
Steven Taylor said today:
“It is an honor for me to be involved with the Toma Fund and I will always try and help in any way I can.”
Jordan was signed to Newcastle United’s Academy when he was just 10 years old, but had to put his early career on hold when he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia in 2006.
Mrs Thompson, who is just 39 years old and lives in Newcastle said:
“One hundred per cent of the money we get on the night will go to the RVI for teenagers with cancer and the building of the new unit.”
“Teenagers from across North East England are treated on this unit, so we’re calling on people to put rivalry aside and help us raise a big amount.”
The event, which is to take place on Thursday, November 27th, will include a live band, a comedian, a singer and an auction of signed memorabilia, as well as an excellent four-course meal.
Andrea and Dave Thompson, with Jordan in background
There is a black and white dress code and tickets, priced £50 or £500 for a table of 10, are available online at www.blackandwhitebash.com or call this telephone number (07905) 921 988.
We hope that both Sunderland fans and Newcastle fans will support this event, which is in such a great cause.
Please help all you can – many thanks.