“John would be thrilled to bits that the event happens.”

Sue Thompson shares her thoughts on a very special memorial event called the Toad Trophy!

“John received wonderful care from the Hospice, all the team were really lovely. John died at the Hospice in 2017, after spending 10 days on the In-Patient Unit. The plan was that he would spend his last days at home but, that all changed very quickly. Luckily there was a bed available for John at short notice and everyone was kind, considerate and helpful.

“John was a keen golfer and when he was semi-retired he played golf three days a week with the Tea Boys, as they call themselves. After John died, one of John’s friends Peter phoned and said they’d like to get together once a year to play a round of golf in John’s memory. He asked if there was anything of John’s that I could give them as a prize. I spent some time thinking and I sent Peter a photo of a toad ornament that was given to John as a gift. Peter said it was perfect because John’s nickname was Toad or Toadie and so that is how the Toad Trophy was born! The team added a plinth to it and the silver plate and this year was the 6th year of the memorial event.

“They always play at Cooden Beach Golf Club and wear red trousers or shorts, as John nearly always wore red when he played golf.  I’m absolutely thrilled that they want to keep this tradition going and they want to remember John in this way. This year when I had tea with them, they reminded me of some funny stories involving John which was lovely, they share over 30 years of memories with him. John would be thrilled to bits that the event happens.”

We’d like to thank Sue for sharing her Hospice story with us.


  • “John would be thrilled to bits that the event happens.”

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