I've had over four thousand comments since starting this blog, but this morning received one from Adam Poynton, Tom's brother, which I can unashamedly say moved me to tears. It came in response to my earlier piece.
I reproduce it below. No further words are necessary.
Thank you Adam.
I have always been an avid reader of your blog ever since my brother
started at Derbyshire many years ago. My father and mother whilst never
admitting it to me, were also avid followers. I say this because it's
so hard for a parent to read criticisms about their child but also
because when things are going well the amount of pride that is generated
is overwhelming. It's not easy to be a parent of a professional
sportsman but believe me when I say this there will not be another one
like my Dad.
You have talked of greatness and there is no other word that best describes my dad.
support we are receiving from the DCCC family is second to none. Tom is
at home with us and receiving the best medical care that is available.
so hard to thank everybody who has sent us messages of support but they
really do help us try to come to terms with this tragic situation.
It's quite unbelievable how many lives my father touched with his
kindness and caring nature. He will never be forgotten by those who knew
him. We received a card this morning from a family who's son my dad
coached and he left a message in the card saying 'A Perfect Man -
Someone you aim to be like'. Is there any more words that you could be
proud of than that from a 17 year old aspiring cricketer?
like to make a special thank you to James Pipe, Simon Storey and Kerry
Schofield from the club. As a family I do not know where we would be
without their amazing support, which not only supports Tom but also the
rest of us.
Derbyshire make a big thing about being a tight knit
'cricket family' but at times like this you really do realise how
cricket brings people together.
Thank you so much for your kind words
Peakfan, my dad would have been genuinely blown away to realise what
people thought about him.