Jordan was a fabulous lad, and his death was a tremendous loss to all of us who knew him, not to mention the heartache his family and close friends had to suffer.
He was a very gifted footballer, and having come through the Academy myself, I know Jordan had the ability, dedication and will power to make it as a footballer - sadly we will never know what might have been.
The Fund his family are setting up, in memory of Jordan , is a terrific idea and I'm extremely pleased that so many people, not just those associated with Newcastle United, are getting involved.
Hopefully, in the future, it will prove beneficial to children who are struck down with the same illness that claimed Jordan 's life.
We will never forget him.
Paul, who was an Academy player with Jordan Thompson, whom the charity is dedicated to, was announced as the charity’s latest patron at the unveiling ceremony for a memory bench for Jordan at the Academy grounds to commemorate what would have been Jordan’s 21st birthday.
Paul said “I am honoured and delighted to be a Patron of Toma Fund. Jordan and I were good friends when we both played at NUFC Academy. His death from cancer was a real blow to all of us who knew him and I have watched the growth of the Toma Fund over the last few years with delight. When Jordan’s mam Andrea asked me if I would join my team-mate Steven Taylor and another former Academy player, Mark Gillespie of Carlisle United, as a Toma Fund Patron, I was delighted and knew instantly this was something I wanted to do. I hope I will be able to use my name in a positive way to support this local charity which is doing so much to help make life a lot easier for local children, young people and their families who are going through treatment for childhood cancers.”
Mark Gillespie, the Carlisle United goalkeeper, was a close friend of Jordan Thompson's and is now a proud Patron of the Toma Fund.
Jordan Thompson came to Newcastle United when he was 11, when I was already there. We played for the same cricket team as well, and became close friends.
He was a great player, scored four times regularly in games for Newcastle United Academy, played for the county cricket team, was a good golfer – an all-action lad, never one to sit at home. He wanted to be involved in everything.
When Jordan was diagnosed with leukaemia, at 13, I didn't really know much about it. But when I visited him in hospital during his chemotherapy, I realised how hard it was for him. I would go to see him three or four times a week, not just because of the boredom he had to deal with, but also because he was a really good person to be around. So when Andrea, Jordan's mum rang me and asked if I’d like to become a Patron, I was honoured and pleased to say yes. I promise to do all i can to help Jordan's charity in the future, he was a dear friend of mine and i will never forget him
North East Actress
(best know for her role as Aveline in the TV series Bread)
An amazing story....I will do what i can to help, and wish this charity huge success in the future. Andrea (Jordan’s Mum) is an incredible lady and is very deserving of support.
Photo c/o Marie-Line Denis
Footballer, ex Newcastle United
HE won legions of fans during his time for Newcastle United and now David Ginola is hoping to pull in the same support for a Tyneside children’s cancer charity.
The former Toon favourite has come onboard as a patron for the Toma Fund, which was set up in memory of avid Newcastle United fan Jordan Thompson.
Queens Park Rangers
I knew all about Jordan when he was coming through the Academy ranks and when I first heard about his illness, I was deeply saddened.
Many of us take our health and fitness for granted and it just goes to show how lucky we are to be able to lead a normal life when many children aren't afforded that privilege.
Jordan was also one of the bravest youngsters I knew and it is testament to him and his family that we are here today.
I wish the Fund every success.
England and ex County Durham cricket player
When i heard about Toma Fund and the story behind it, i couldn’t wait to be on board. Unless you have a child who has been through cancer treatment, you aren’t aware that they have to be treated at the RVI/Great North Children’s Hospital, which is quite a distance from Teesside and Cumbria.
Toma Fund supports families with travel expenses and other financial implications to take the burden off and allow the family to focus on their ill child.
Jordan's friends from the TCU
We all knew Jordan very well and we all had one thing in common, which is cancer. Going through treatment for cancer can be very hard for anyone, especially for children and teenagers.
Knowing Jordan and his determination to raise as much money as possible for the Newcastle cancer ward, we know that he would be proud of his family for carrying on his dreams. Jordan was a well known patient at the hospital, everyone you speak to has happy memories of Jordan.
One of Jordan’s happiest memories and ours was when we all went on holiday to Center Parcs. We all had an amazing time doing things such as swimming, drumming and partying. Most people will remember Jordan as Michael Jackson and performing his legendary worm in his debut of 'Don’t Blame It on the Boogie'!
Jordan’s positive attitude would help other patients whilst going through treatment and his amazing, cheeky smile would light up the room.
We promise to Jordan and his amazing family to continue to help, support and raise awareness of children and teenagers in the North east fighting cancer and of course to raise awareness of TOMA FUND which is an amazing charity.
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