We are excited to announce that Altrincham-based ice hockey team Manchester Storm are getting involved once again in Paint Altrincham Pink, with the team swapping its purple and yellow stripes for pink jerseys for their game against the Sheffield Steelers on Sunday 24th February. Afterwards, the team will be auctioning off the jerseys in aid of our charity.
Vicki Thomas, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in September, at the age of just 36, inspired the team to get involved. Vicki is married to former Sheffield Steelers player Mark, who now coaches juniors at Manchester Storm, and is also planning his own fundraiser! In time for the launch of Paint Altrincham Pink week, he’s going to be walking overnight from Sheffield to Altrincham, 51 miles in 24 hours!
Vicki finished her last round of chemotherapy and ‘rang the bell’ on 8 February, and will be undergoing surgery in mid-March, with her goal to be cancer-free by Easter. During her treatment, Vicki became friends with one of our long-standing fundraisers and fellow breast cancer survivor, Sarah Saphier, who helped to introduce Vicki to all of the work that Prevent Breast Cancer do.
Vicki is passionate about raising awareness and funds for Prevent Breast Cancer – last year, she raised £2,000 through a Christmas shopping event, and has so far raised a staggering £19,000 overall! Vicki and Mark have two sons, aged 10 and 8 – their eldest son even did a charity head shave and organised a pink stationery stall at his school to fundraise for our charity.
Their support doesn’t stop there – as part of Paint Altrincham Pink, Vicki will be holding a raffle and a cake sale ahead of the match at Planet Ice on 24 February! We’re so excited to have the support of Vicki and her family, as well as the Manchester Storm team.
As well as ‘Pink the Rink’, many other businesses in Altrincham are painting themselves pink and putting a range of fun activities. There are events running throughout the whole week, so make sure you come down and get involved!