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21
Apr

Upperthong Cricket Club: The Huw Thatcher Pride and Passion Shield

This Upperthong Cricket Club Huw Thatcher Pride and Passion Shield is an award held for 1 year by the winner who will have their name engraved on the it.  The award will be made to the junior cricketer who has made the most positive contribution to team play and team spirit.  The winner will be chosen from the under 15 age group.  The winner will have displayed the same pride and passion that Huw demonstrated in sport. The Shield was first presented at the Awards Evening in September 2011 and was won by Sam Briggs.  Read more »

20
Apr

Gail Howe and Jon Battye: at the Celebration of Huw’s life

As spoken by Gail Howe, Holmfirth High School’s Acting Headteacher  and Jon Battye, Head of PE – at the Celebration of Huw’s Life  on 25th March 2011.  Read more »

20
Apr

Huw’s web site is now public

This web site was made public on 21st April 2011. 

We are very grateful to Philip Cunningham of Digital Coach Works for his help with setting up the website 🙂

 

19
Apr

Nick: Silences and respect

Huw’s friends, family, the Holmfirth community, and towns and cities beyond have shown great respect to Huw since 13th March.  A minute’s silence has been held at the Huddersfield Town vs Swindon and Brighouse Town vs Scarborough fixtures, at all Huddersfield Junior Football League matches on 20th March (as reported by the Huddersfield Examiner), at the opening of the Upperthong Cricket new clubhouse on 18th April and at a range of football and hockey school fixtures in Huddersfield and Holmfirth. Read more »

19
Apr

Jenny: Huw’s fun in the snow!

Huw loved his ski-ing holidays with Carys and me.  His technique was ‘just point downhill and go for it’!  It didn’t take him that long to lead the way downhill with Cas very close behind with me fretting behind!!!  He loved stopping at ski lodges for food always eager to try out the local cuisine.  He even climbed a mountain too!  This picture is at the top of one in Austria.

19
Apr

Carys: sneaking extra food!

Dad always tried to make sure Huw and I ate healthily with lots of fruit and not too much unhealthy food.  Huw and I knew Dad was doing the right thing but we always tried to find a way of getting extra snacks.  When Huw got back from football on Sundays I would always make sure there was a packet of crips waiting for him in his bedroom.  On his way up for a bath before lunch, I’d tell him where they were!  Dad never knew about this until I told him 2 weeks ago!

Another time (about a year ago), Dad went to the Coop on a Friday evening after we’d had a big tea, Read more »

19
Apr

Message from Nick, Jenny and Carys: to everyone

The last seven weeks or so have obviously brought some dark days – and there will be many difficult times for us to face in the future.  The loss of Huw is felt most acutely by the 3 of us, but we are aware that hundreds of others have shared this sense of loss and disbelief. Read more »

19
Apr

“From Cardiff With Love” – 200 mile bike ride in 24 hrs: Steve Thatcher – 1st July 2011

On Friday 1st July 2011, Steve Thatcher will be cycling the 200 miles from the Cardiff City Stadium to “Sands” in Holmfirth – in just one day!  Steve is Huw’s uncle.  While Steve has done some long distance rides in the past, “From Cardiff With Love” is taking it to a new level.  If (when) Steve completes the ride (on the ‘Prancing Horse’ pictured here,) it will be an incredible feat.   And Huw’s 13 year old cousin is planning to do a part of the ride with Steve – an amazing effort from Doug aiming to do 100 miles-plus in a day at the age of 13.   Doug’s bike is ‘the yellow peril’ 🙂

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19
Apr

Selling Cardiff City matchday programmes: Jake Clayton

Unknown to Huw’s family, Jake Clayton contacted Cardiff City in the middle of March asking if they could produce an article about Huw in a matchday programme.  An article was included in the next programme and on the Cardiff City web site – with a further follow up item on the Club’s site.  The Club and its printers kindly provided Jake with 150 free copies of the programme which he has sold for the Trust – Jake has raised up to £358 from this with a further £60 to come.  Everyone who wants a programme will have bought one by now, but we have a few left so if anyone wants to buy a copy just Contact Us.

Nick, Jen and Carys were offered complimentary tickets for the match too.  The fixture was Cardiff City vs Derby County on 2nd April which Cardiff won 4-1.  It was a moving day, but Nick, Jen and Carys are glad they went and are grateful to Jake for his taking the time and the trouble to do this – and even think of it in the first place. 

Since 2nd April, the club have backed The Huw Thatcher Trust and we are hoping they will allows us to do a bucket collection next season.

18
Apr

Nick Thatcher: Hepworth United – early days

It seems like a few months ago that I first took Huw down to Hepworth Training as a 5 or 6 year old – I’m not sure if it was 9 or 10 years ago!  Anyway – I was introduced to the club by Martin Bland who I was working with at the time.  Within a few months I was involved with training the 6 year olds – with Pete Atkinson.  And that’s when I first met people like Bambi and Bob Wright.  Read more »