Life is about creating memories and we will always remember how much Huw means to us ♥♥♥
Richard Ford is a coach at Huw’s club – Hepworth United and who suffered a brain stem stroke last June. He will be home early next month after 9 months in hospital. Richard experienced brain damage but this has not affected his cognitive abilities – only physically. He has shown great determination to recover sufficiently to be able to go home – this is great news and although there is a long way to go, it is such a big milestone for the whole family and we are delighted the Huw Thatcher gig at the Picturedrome in Holmfirth will raise funds to support Richard with whatever he needs at the time. I’m looking forward to seeing Richard next weekend and the gig tickets will be on sale soon.
I was also pleased to hear from BIRT’s Osman House recently – saying that their plans for the Garden area (funded by the Huw Thatcher Trust) are coming on well. Some tidying and other work has taken place and items have been purchased to be set out as shown on this picture / plan. It means a lot so see things happening that come as a direct result of everyone’s efforts.
Regarding things on the horizon, then next month will see a non uniform day at Holmfirth High on 18th March for the Huw Trust – any involvement from the school means a lot bearing in mind Huw’s happy years there.
The very next event to take place however is on Saturday 2nd March – a dodgeball evening from 7.00pm onwards. Anyone wanting to enter a team should contact Ben Sykes or Heather Smith. Entry is £5 per player and we’re all looking forward to another eventful evening with Huw’s friends.
To finish with I want to tell you about a memorable day at the Blackpool half marathon. The last time I was in Blackpool was 2 ½ years ago with Huw and Carys to see Cardiff City at Bloomfield Road. Carys and I often still talk about that day – we remember it all – the optimism, the journey, lunch, the match, the rain, the drunk City fans, tea afterwards at nearby Lytham – and the 3 of us reminiscing at the time about ‘toddler’ days out at Lytham 10 years previously. On February 24th I had the pleasure of doing the Blackpool half marathon with 3 of Huw’s friends – Ben, Mackie and Rose along with Andy – the Dad of another of Huw’s friends. It’s not every 17 year old who has the guts and commitment to do something like that – especially Rose who by her own admission hadn’t done loads of sport and stuff in the past and was recovering from a bad cold. And guess what – she did it in 2 hours 28 mins and it was emotional to see her stride across the finish line. And Ben and Mackie completed it in 1 hour 30 and 1 hour 42 respectively! They are seriously good times those 2 did and it’s the furthest Rose and Mackie had every run in their lives! So these 3 excelled themselves just like so many of Huw’s other family and friends have done in the last 2 years. Like I’ve said before, anyone who grumbles about ‘young people these days’ has missed out on spending time with people like these 3 and is simply wrong! The camaraderie between the 5 of us was wonderful and Andy, me and the three 17 year olds loved doing our best in honour of Huw and for Ben’s other charity ‘Bullying UK’. Andy and I came in on 2 hours and 7 minutes which exceeded all my expectations and I’m delighted about. Then again – I would do anything in Huw’s honour (and probably will) and today meant so much – being with the other 4 and their parents – thank you so much to all of you. Life is about creating memories and today was an awesome one. Thank you to everyone who has sponsored any of us – that was a great boost too. Huw – 2 years ago you were loving life and bursting into your prime. We will always remember how much you mean to us and I for one, can’t wait to do more special things that show my love ♥ ♥ ♥ xxx