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19forHuw : Home page

This is the home page of 19forHuw

19forHuw was an exciting cycling event that took place in July 2014. It involved cycling nearly 1000 miles in 9 days, visiting the 19 football grounds that Huw and Nick went to (often with Carys as well) to watch Cardiff City play football.

   The story of 19forHuw

   Detailed route and maps

   Here is a video about 19forHuw – turn up the volume!

   There is a Justgiving page here for sponsorship; you can still sponsor us.

   Please follow 19forHuw on Twitter here.

    Or you can text HUWT95 then a space and the amount to 70070 e.g. HUWT95 £5 



Annual reports

We are delighted to share an annual report of all the Trust’s activities and expenditure for each of the four years of the Trust to date.

The Trust is a wonderful tribute to our beautiful boy ♥♥♥.  Thank you for supporting the Huw Thatcher Trust.

You can join the Huw Thatcher Trust Facebook Group here.


Find your way around

We hope that you find this web site a peaceful and inspiring place to visit.

  • Use the black and white menu right at the top of the page to find out more about Huw and the Huw Thatcher Trust, or to get involved – just Contact Us and we’ll be delighted to hear from you
  • Use the blue and white menu to view the gallery, trust & family messages, memorials, personal memories, previous activities and new activities – when you get to the bottom of each of these sections remember to click on “older entries”
  • There is a Huw Thatcher Trust Facebook page – ask to be a member of the Facebook Group here if you want to.

Recent Articles


Carys completed the Manchester Half Marathon on 16th October in memory of her beautiful brother xx

may-2011-254Carys ran for her brother in Manchester on 16th October – just Carys – to remember Huw in a way she wanted to.  He would be very proud of her as his 21st birthday approaches.

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Euan Casey completes the Manchester marathon, raising over £700 and other news

8Euan 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 »


A day we might want to forget but a boy we definitely want to remember xxx

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

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Remembering Huw as a very much loved teenager on his 20th birthday

On Huw’s 20th birthday there are some reflections as well as some positive news about the Huw Thatcher Trust.


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How to make a donation and running total (now over £108,300)

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: £108,334


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

Replacement13Last 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.

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Taking Huw with us as 22 people give it everything and raise £2,000 on epic 3 peaks adventure

Snowdon 2I’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

100_0682I 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.

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Moving house: another chapter in our lives but Huw is in every chapter with us

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. img423 Read more »


Day dreaming about 19 year old Huw four years later – in March 2015

197920_1684183743063_1191713674_31513184_785558_nAs far as I know, this is the last photo of Huw – taken on Friday 4th March 2011 at Ella’s surprise fancy dress 15th birthday party, dressed as a cowboy. At the party he didn’t have an alcoholic drink (which was agreed beforehand as a result of what had happened at the last party he went to hahaha.) Huw gave Ella a box of Heroes chocolates for her birthday and had a great night. Just before I picked him up at midnight he jumped out in front of a friend’s stationary car to surprise the driver…… the Cowboy’s outfit……apparently it had the desired effect.

What would he be doing 4 years later? This is what I day dream about Huw these days. Read more »