Huw (and Carys) spent many happy evenings with Emily and Grace Perrons as young children. They had lovely times messing about in the garden, and doing what young children do. Thank you Alan, Jane, Emily and Grace for the lovely memories of very happy childhoods – and Carys is lucky to have Grace as one of her best friends.
Huw loved the Year 10 Samba lunchtime footie organised by Mr Blezzard earlier this year and I know a lot of the other lads felt the same. He enjoyed playing footie with his friends in the playground almost as much as a big game for Hepworth. And that in itself says so much about about Huw – it was family and friends that counted most for him above anything else. There is a video link below that makes it plain just how much he loved the Samba football with his friends.
Sands has always been a special place for Huw – like it has for many people who spend their childhood and teenage years in Holmfirth. Huw first visited Sands in his pushchair and started playing their as soon as he could walk – using the play area over the bridge as a toddler and later with Carys joining him. An early friend he played with as a toddler at Sands was Matthew Woolhouse. Sands is a very special place and a beautiful bench engraved as shown in the pictures, and plant tubs now sit proud on a slightly raised area overlooking the park.
School’s Out : Upperthong JS parents and teachers raise £416.55 as we remember Huw’s last day at Upperthong 4 years ago
Exactly 4 years ago today (on 20th July 2007), Huw left Upperthong Junior School after 7 very happy years. It was Carys’ 10th birthday. Four years later, on the last day of term (on Carys’ 14th birthday) the parents and teachers at Upperthong gave up their end of year gifts and instead asked for any money that would have been spent to be given to the Huw Thatcher Trust. We want to say a huge thank you to the pupils, parents and teachers.
With thanks to Liam Mortimer (and his Dad Neal) for the memories of Huw. Huw’s recent time with Hepworth United saw him in a formidable central defensive partnership with Sean Brennan. But before that in 7 a side football (and to start with in 11 side) Huw formed an equally formidable partnership with Liam Mortimer. This partnership provided the team with a foundation for two 7 a side league wins, the 7 a side cup win and the 11 a side cup win. Huw’s tough tackling, first touch and great left foot were matched by Liam’s fantastic reading of the game along with another great left foot! Liam was also a good friend of Huw’s – and Jenny, Nick and Carys continue to value his friendship, caring nature and great sense of humour.
Four of Huw’s friends are involved with the Heavy Arts Theatre School in Huddersfield; Lawrence Güntert, Hayley Diamond, Tara Atkinson and Caroline Hamilton. Their next production is ‘High School Musical On Stage!’ on 23rd and 24th July. Lawrence Güntert has known Huw since they started school together at Upperthong Junior School 11 years ago. Lawrence was a close friend of Huw’s for years and they stayed good mates throughout High School. Lawrence’s talents lie on the stage and with music. Huw met Hayley, Tara and Caroline 4 years ago at Holmfirth High and he became close to them over the years. They were all at the 5 a side football competition in June along with other things over the last few months.
I just love this music – Jenny and I listened to it on the way back from Daniel Yorath House on Friday. And Carys and me listened to it today as well. ‘I Believe’ is by a Cardiff band (Tigertailz). One of the band members (John Pepper) is a family friend who knew Huw and travelled from Cardiff to be with us all on 25th March. ‘I Believe’ has become an anthem for their bass player (Pepsi Tate) who sadly passed away 4 years ago. Nick, Jenny, Huw and Carys met Pepsi at the wedding of Huw’s Uncle (Steve) 11 years ago. Pepsi was a talented and lovely guy – his real name is Justin Huw Smith.
‘I Believe’ is a beautiful song. I believe somewhere that Huw’s light is still shining – the light of another talented and beautiful guy x x x
In 3 months Huw’s Trust has raised £24,000; we have all done some truly amazing things to pay tribute to a beautiful young guy
In the 3 months since Huw’s Trust was set up, we have all raised £24,000 in tribute to Huw. In the course of the wonderful events that have contributed to this fantastic total, new friendships have been made, existing friendships have become more important, and parts of the local community have been strengthened. All of these things were at the heart of what Huw held dear. A better tribute to a beautiful boy could not have been paid.
A truly great effort as 40 riders complete the cricket ground cycle challenge : 44 miles & £2,000 inspired by a young man who is loved so much
A day when Huw was remembered in a loving, respectful and truly gutsy way resulted in achievements that the cyclists will remember for the rest of their lives. The event included a lot of laughs, pride, personal victories and of course some aches and pains! 40 cyclists took part in a (hilly) ride over some 44 miles with participants ranging from 10 years old up to those in their 50s! For some it was the furthest they had ever cycled in one day. It was a team effort involving a great support team throughout the day and together we raised around £2,000 for Huw’s Trust. Huw continues to inspire great things 🙂
Huw’s friends continue to act with the deepest respect, compassion, care and love for him that you could imagine. The latest in a long line of things they have done to remember Huw and raise money was the leg waxing event at school on Wednesday 6th July. The total funds are still being collected but the estimate is £1,400 which exceeded all our expectations. And they had a lot of fun from the pleasure and pain they all took part in.