The Huw Thatcher Trust
The Huw Thatcher Trust was set up in 2011 to remember Huw in a positive way, and to help brain injured people. The Trust was like Huw; fun, kind, inspirational and creative.
Huw passed away at the age of 15 years and 4 months on March 13th 2011. He was playing in a football match for Hepworth United near his home town of Holmfirth. Huw had a brain haemorrhage as a result of a pre existing condition that no one knew about, or could ever have known about. People who suffer brain haemorrhages and survive, often experience brain injury and subsequent disabilities.
After 7 1/2 years of inspirational events and support, The Huw Thatcher Trust closed on Huw’s 23rd birthday – 25th November 2018.
The Trust raised an incredible £119,000 to support a national charity for brain injured people called the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT). BIRT is a Division of a larger registered charity called the Disabilities Trust.
BIRT helps people regain the skills lost as a result of brain injury – whether caused by medical reasons, road accident, assault, or some other form of injury such as from the armed forces.
We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who donated money or time to contribute to the fantastic outcomes of the Huw Thatcher Trust. We will never forget the kindness and love shown in memory of our beautiful son and brother; Huw Nicholas Thatcher. We are incredibly proud that so many people were inspired and moved to do so many challenging and positive things in memory of Huw.
Irene Sobowale the Chief Executive of Disabilities Trust says:
After more than seven years, the Huw Thatcher Trust is to wind down its fundraising activities. I would like to express my sincere thanks to Huw’s family and friends who have so generously supported our Brain Injury services; enhanced and undoubtedly changing the lives of so many people.
The first donation was £10,000, made to the Eyes Alight Appeal, set up by Disabilities Trust Ambassador, Izzy Judd, to fulfil the wishes of people with brain injury. Since then, many of our services around the country have benefitted from their donations including Daniel Yorath House and Osman House in Yorkshire where Huw grew up and at Tŷ Aberdafen in Wales, home of his football team, Cardiff City. Funded projects and purchases have included IT and physiotherapy equipment, garden makeovers and music therapy sessions.
Most recently, Redford Court in Liverpool has received substantial funds for their planned sensory cabin where we will mark the generosity of the Huw Thatcher Trust with a plaque in memory of Huw.