Today is Huw’s 23rd birthday and The Huw Thatcher Trust in his memory has been active for 7 ½ years. There has never been a target or goal for the Trust. There were no expectations; it was something that evolved. The fact that the activities to raise funds in Huw’s memory continued for so long, has been a pleasant surprise.
However, now seems a natural time to close the Trust. What we have all done together has been amazing, and it has been a source of great comfort to know that people thought so much of Huw, to inspire them to do what they did. We should regard this announcement as a positive one; a chance to look back at what we achieved together.
With so much love to you Huw on your birthday, when you should be making your way in life as a 22-year old xxx
So here we are on Huw’s 22nd birthday. Still missing our beautiful boy so much, still disbelieving of what happened, and disbelieving it was as long as 6 ½ years ago. It’s heart-breaking that Huw should be the tall, dark, handsome, engaging and happy young man he was as a 15 year old – and that we should all be loving him and seeing him making his way as a 22 year old in adult life alongside his sister. These are the very sad things about Huw’s birthday. Read more
We had a nice surprise recently in the form of a cheque for over £800 from the Kier Foundation, as part of the proceeds from their ‘where’s the bear campaign’. Nick Greenwood a friend of mine and Huw’s from football days took part in a leg of his employer’s challenge to travel 1,000 miles across Kier’s UK sites, transporting a mascot bear along the way and using only non-conventional, non-motorised transport!
Six years after we started the Trust: over £110,000 to help brain injured people and to respect a perfect young guy.
Six years after we started the Huw Thatcher Trust I am proud to say we have now raised over £110,000. I didn’t imagine we would get this far 6 years ago, when Huw’s family and friends asked if they could bake cakes, run, play footie and cycle for Huw. Read more
6 years later forgotten by no one, and loved by everyone: running for Huw’s and a touching message from Huw’s Granny
Six years later Huw, you are forgotten by no one, and loved by everyone: including at this time by 2 of your friends and by your Granny who passed away recently.
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.
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