It was the Upperthong Gala this weekend. Huw went to the Gala nearly every weekend over 15 years. From a toddler rushing round playing with his friends and a ball to a 15 year old last year – still running round with his friends and playing cricket or football but a bigger version of the same Huw…………and paying a bit more attention to the girls 🙂 This weekend saw a fund raising cricket competition on Saturday and sales of the Huw T shirts on both days………..
Ellie was a good friend of Huw’s ever since they were in reception at Upperthong Junior School. Ellie and Huw’s Upperthong friends have been thinking of Huw a lot this weekend as it is Gala weekend and they all had a lot of fun together with Huw at the galas over the years – especially last year. I’ll put something on the web site about this year’s gala tomorrow, but for now here are Ellie’s lovely memories – thank you Ellie. Read more
While everyone was busy with 5 a side football and the karate tournament last weekend, Huw’s Granny was making final preparations for her tea / coffee afternoon which took place today on 21st June. The weather obliged during the afternoon; she raised over £500 and they all had a good time doing something positive in Huw’s name.
Jordan Craven is a good friend of Huw’s who takes part in the Holme Valley Black Belt Academy. ‘Crov’ as he is known, came up with the idea of an event run with his club to raise funds for Huw’s trust – and to remember Huw. Over the last month or so Crov has set up the event, arranged printing for the tickets, promoted the event and then took part in it himself. The end result – an entertaining event, promotion of the sport, getting a load of good people together, a sense of achievement for all the participants and most of all remembering Huw and raising £500 for Huw’s trust. Well done Crov and here is a bit more about the event.
Some days are special and some are very special. All the days involving Huw’s friends are always very special and the 24 hours football tournaments were no exception. There will be other days when friends and family do fantastic things, but this Saturday & Sunday was all about the 24hrs football. The brainchild of Sam Briggs involved 220 players and a similar numbers of visitors / spectators during the 24 hours. It was not lost on Huw’s friends that this was a day he would have revelled in. Alongside that sadness, we saw hundreds of people remembering Huw, loving Huw, having a good time, and raising over £2000 for his charity trust 🙂
As you can see from this memory, Kate was another person who had a unique and special friendship with Huw. ‘”Tiny Head” played football today and has also been involved in other stuff like the coffe shop in May at the Folk Festival. Kate is a lovely girl and here is a lovely memory from her; thank you Kate 🙂
We now have 4 banners with lovely pictures of Huw. They are 6 feet by 4 feet in size and will be first used at the five a side football even this weekend. One of the banners has Huw’s logo and the web site address etc on it. The other 3 are these 3 pictures. They look lovely and anyone who wants to use them for an event is welcome to contact us. We will also use them at the Picturedrome gig and may put one at Sands for a while too.
With thanks to L’Fire Graphix in Brockholes for providing the banners at a great price for us.
A year ago this weekend, Huw took his Grade 4 drum exam. He passed the exam and was due to be taking his Grade 5 this spring or summer. Huw was less interested in the theory but played the pieces really well. He had great rythm as anyone who was in his German lessons and heard him drumming on the desk will know 🙂 Huw loved George – his drum teacher who became a good friend. Jenny and Nick took Huw to his drum lessons every fortnight at the Rock School in Linthwaite. Huw loved music overall and we are grateful to everybody who helped with music lessons and introducing him to a different and beautiful part of his varied life.
This seems very appropriate on the day when Tom from Mcfly and Huw’s Trust got the BIRT eyes alight appeal off to a flying start.
Back in March, we were all devasted and shocked about what happened to Huw. Today we are still devastated but are all working together to remember Huw in a positive way. Today, less than 10 weeks after the Trust was set up, Nick and Jenny met with Judith from the national Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) charity to agree how the first £10,000 from Huw’s Trust was going to be used. It’s going to be used to help the ‘eyes alight’ for 35 to 40 brain injured people – in Yorkshire and the North.
So many positive things are happening. Most days there is some news and today has been no different 🙂 Huw’s Trust was given a donation of £1300 today. This was an incredibly kind donation from Upperthong Tigers – who are (or I should say were) the Under 16 team for Upperthong Football Club in 2009-10. This group were together for many years up to 2010, and they stopped at a team when they were 16 last year.