Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Thurrock Hockey Club introduce Sunshine Shield in memory of Grace Millane


IN December 2018, we tragically lost Grace Millane, a kind, strong and genuine soul whose laugh would light up a room. A long standing member and great supporter of our Hockey family, along with her family, Gill, Dave, Mike and Declan.

Grace Millane

In 2013, she was the third person in THC to be awarded with the Jack Petchey Achievement Award, having been nominated in every round! Here’s an extract from the report at the time:

“Young Thurrock Hockey Player, Grace Millane, was presented with her Jack Petchey Achievement Award in May 2013. She started playing hockey for the mini section and has progressed to play for the senior ladies teams. She now travels some distance each Thursday evening to help train the present mini players. She attends all club events, never moans and does what is asked of her, even changing teams last minute. She is a committed club member and we wish we had more people like her.”

The Millane’s have always been valued supporters of THC, and in Grace’s memory have donated the Grace Millane Sunshine Shield. The shield will take pride of place in the club house until the end of the 2019/20 season, when we will award the shield to the nominated winner that best represents the qualities we all remember Grace for: hardworking; great leader; patient; organised; social; the love of the game and smiling no matter what!

A big thank you to the Millane’s for this extremely special shield that will be cherished by the club for years to come.


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