The music from the link at the end of this writing is ‘I’ll keep you safe’. I don’t know if it’s the image of the ‘Nationwide’ advert and the lost scarf being handed down from father to son? Or if it’s the words ‘I’ll keep you safe’ – or the beautiful music itself? But as someone else has said before, to me ‘this song speaks of nothing but love and reassurance’ and this is even more true on Huw’s 21st birthday – 25th November 2016.
Thank you to everyone who has made generous donations to remember Huw in a positive way – the funds are now being used to help brain injured people. Every donation means a lot because it represents a sacrifice of what people could have spent it on instead. We apologise for not listing all donations, but the number has been so high it is impossible to keep a track of each individual one! You can make a contribution by sponsoring or supporting an existing event, doing something yourself, or by making a donation on our Justgiving page. Your donation will go straight into the Huw Thatcher Trust. If you prefer to make a donation by cheque please make your cheque payable to “Disabilities Trust” and send it to: The Disabilities Trust, 32 Market Place, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, RH15 9NP. Please write Huw Thatcher Trust on the back of the cheque and mention in any covering note that it is for The Huw Thatcher Trust. There’s a Huw Thatcher Trust Facebook page; ask to be a member of the Group here if you want to.
Total so far inc gift aid, minus Just Giving costs: £109,353
Euan Casey (Carys’s boyfriend and in school with Huw and Carys) completed the Manchester marathon on 10th April – raising over £700 and completing it in 3 hrs 55 mins – finishing a marathon in under 4 hours is a fantastic achievement. Read more
On Sunday 13th March 2011, Huw got up, had breakfast, told his mum and sister he loved them, and went off to football with his Dad.
Huw was hilarious that day at Brighouse from the point when we arrived and met two of the other lads in the car park before the match, and at half time messing about with the others. He was a 15 year old boy but played like a man in that match – in typical dominating form against the best team in the league.
He was doing well at school and in an exciting stage of his life. He planned to get a Saturday job, felt he was ready for a girlfriend, wanted to go to Greenhead College, and planned to go to Uni. He was tall, strong, handsome, smart, healthy, risky, funny, and considerate; a mixture that made him one of the most popular guys around.
Sunday 13th March 2011, is still and will remain a truly tragic day …… just thinking back to how and who Huw was. It’s too sad. Thoughts and love to everyone who loved our perfect boy, especially his contemporaries who spent their days and holidays with Huw – his doting sister, his cousins who he loved so much, and his incredible friends especially those from Holmfirth High School’s year 10 of 2011 – happy days with the best young people ever.
Sunday 13th March 2011 is a day we might want to forget – but can’t.
Huw Nicholas Thatcher is a boy we want to remember – and always will.
Five years is nothing Huw. Mum, Dad and Carys love you more than anyone can know xxx
On Huw’s 20th birthday there are some reflections as well as some positive news about the Huw Thatcher Trust.
Huw Thatcher: always a big brother to Carys as she starts a new stage of her life in Manchester – he would be so proud of her
Last weekend was a big moment for our family, as we took Carys off to Manchester to start there at uni. I couldn’t be prouder of Huw and everything about him. I am just as proud of Carys; despite the life changing events of the last 4 ½ years, she has done very well at school, with her sport, and with all parts of her life.
I’m not going to mention any individual feats from our UK 3 peaks trip because there were 22 heroes from the time they got up at 3.00am on Saturday morning to the time they hit their beds nearly 48 hours ago and here are 3 climbers who were with Huw on 13th March 2011 – taking Huw with them to the roof of Wales. Read more
Stan Wilson-Hughes is presented with the fifth Spirit of Huw Thatcher award in memory of a young man with the left foot of a god
I presented the Spirit of Huw Thatcher award to Stan Wilson-Hughes on 17th July 2015 – just opposite Little Wembley where Huw had some of his happiest times. Congratulations to Stan who is the fifth holder of the award, and part of a grand group of lads the current 15 year olds’ team.
We are moving from Spring Lane after 9 plus years on 19th April – it has been a lovely home and is where me, Huw and Carys had some great times. Read more