Blackburn: Britain’s Anna Toman raises funds for Bags For Strife with hockey practice


THE CHARITY of a family who lost a daughter and her father to suicide in eight months welcomed a very special guest to their fundraiser.

GB hockey player Anna Toman, who won bronze at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, followed a practice session at the Clitheroe and Blackburn Northern Hockey Club on Wednesday and posed for hundreds of photos with club members and around 60 children and 50 adults – raising £ 850 for bags for the conflicts.

The Bags For Strife initiative, set up by Angela Allen and her family, aims to support families who experience the devastating loss of a loved one who committed suicide.

Angela and her husband Damian, who lived in Blackburn before the tragedy after moving to Waddington, lost their 23-year-old daughter Katrina Fell to suicide in November 2019. Damian committed suicide eight months later.

Anna, whom Angela described as “like a niece,” was affected by the suicides of Katrina and Damian, as well as by a friend of her father’s. Describing Bags For Strife as “close to my heart,” she longed for the chance to be able to raise funds for the charity again.

Anna said: “I am so happy that I was finally able to play my part and help raise funds for such a wonderful cause.

“It’s been a very busy year for me leading up to the Summer Olympics so it’s been great over the past month to step back from international hockey.

“I have always loved going to clubs and seeing young people enjoying their hockey, so it was a privilege to travel up north and get involved, while raising funds for a charity close to my heart. .

Angela, who is a member of the club, said: “Anna is like a niece to me, I have been her mother’s best friend for years. The family has supported our association for a long time and Wednesday’s event was fabulous.

“She was amazing, all the kids and adults who wanted a pic with her got one – she must have taken hundreds in the end!

“I think his trip to Blackburn may have replaced his trip to Tokyo, but he should be asked! ”

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