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July 23, 2012

An update from July that saw so much dedication and kindness, lots of memories of Huw and a lot of fun ♥ ♥ ♥

by huw15

Here is a picture of Huw from summer two years ago to start this message about what has been happening to remember Huw this summer.  It is a lovely picture of a happy and handsome Huw, a few months before his 15th birthday.

I want to say well done and thank you to everyone who was involved in the lovely things we all did in July – as well as preparing for other things coming up over the next month.

July’s wet weather meant that the indoor activities were well received although unfortunately the Family Cricket Day at Upperthong had to be postponed and will now be held on Saturday 25th August instead.

We had great success however with the gig at the Picturedrome which was just as good as last year’s and a big thank you to HTT, Age of Paranoia, Dave Brennan and Jane Travis.

The second Huw Thatcher 5 a side football tournament was equally successful – so much so that we are likely to do it again next year!  Big thanks to George, Calumn and Louie for doing most of the organisation and to everyone who provided cakes and refreshments  :)

The total figure of funds raised now stands at well over £62,000 and there are still funds to be added to that from July and of course things that are coming up over the next month.  Upcoming events include the second Upperthong Cricket Club Cycle Challenge on Saturday 28th July as well as the Family Cricket Day on 25th August.

As well as the major events, there were also other things that happened in July that meant a lot.  The Cricket Club had arranged a day’s visit from Alec Stewart to the schools and the Cricket Club on Tuesday 18th July – as part of a promotional and sponsorship programme.  The day ended with a very entertaining Q&A session at the cricket club – Alec was very modest and very approachable – and it made me realise when he was asked about his record number of international caps and some of his great moments as England player and captain – what a legend he is.  It was a pleasure to meet him and it was very good of him to pose for pictures with everyone which people were then able to buy – with proceeds being split between the Cricket Club and Huw’s Trust.  With many thanks to Peter Keighley, Yorkshire Bank, Rob Okley, Dave Briggs and of course Alec Stewart for making it all possible.

We were also able to bank funds in July from the raffle at the Thongsbridge Tennis Club open day.  That was a good day, much of which was spent in the company of Stuart Morrison who helped me for hours and was great company.  Me and 5 of Huw’s school friends had a a very amusing 10 minutes at the end of the day with the delicious cup cakes!  It was funny and something that Huw would have definately seen the funny side of.  Thank you to everyone involved at the day on 1st July.

Jane Travis also raised money through a coffee morning on 14th July that was a good social event too – Jane and her family have done so much over the last year and a bit – always with smiles on their faces.

And thank you also to Carol Lewis who organised tea and coffee sales at Upperthong Under 8s football.

Here are some pictures from that day.

And let’s not forget the 1st Upperthong Brownies’ Group who raised over £400 with a sponsored bike ride – and who were proud to receive certificates and wrist bands from me earlier this month.

I also finished writing a book of memories and pictures about Huw recently and got some copies printed in July which are now available if anyone would like one.

I will provide an update soon on how the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust are allocating the funds we have raised – the previous update his here.  Thank you to everyone who has contributed in recent months and I hope everyone has a good summer break.

Finally, I want to tell you about a family in South Wales I have been in touch with recently.  Rhian and Paul’s son George died suddenly while playing with his toys one week after his first birthday in February this year. Five days later Rhian’s husband Paul passed away suddenly himself.  Rhian has two other children – a 4 year old girl and a 3 year old boy – who’s lives have been shattered.  Rhian has started a charity called 2wishuponastar to remember Paul and George and to help people in the local and wider community – by raising money for established medically-related charities.  The experiences of how we have done things in Huw’s Trust, have been used by Rhian to help her get started with 2wishuponastar and it is comforting to know that what all of YOU have done to help with the Huw Thatcher Trust has helped another family respond in a positive way.  I am proud that what Huw stood for and what he means to so many, has in a small way helped another family.

Doing something like this in the face of adversity is a natural and positive thing to do.  I admire what Rhian is doing and I’m sure I speak for everyone involved with the Huw Thatcher Trust in sending best wishes and respect to Rhian and her family.  You can read more at this link.

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