Nick’s son Huw passed away tragically at the age of 15 in 2011 from a brain haemorrhage and the Trust was set up to raise funds for the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) because people who suffer brain haemorrhages and survive often experience brain injury and subsequent disabilities.
Since setting up the Huw Thatcher Trust, Nick, along with other family members and Huw’s friends have raised over £100,000 for BIRT.
Nick says: "We set up the Huw Thatcher Trust to remember Huw in a positive way, and help brain injured people. The Trust is just like Huw; energetic, productive, purposeful, fun, kind, inspirational and creative. The Trust has given Huw's friends and family a positive focus and a lot of comfort over the last few years - to know that they can do something to show their love for Huw. We are delighted to support BIRT”.
The funds raised have purchased IT, physio and therapy equipment and redesigned gardens.
The first services to benefit from support from the Trust were Daniel Yorath House in Garforth, where the presentation took place, and Osman House in Scholes. Huw lived all of his life in Yorkshire and loved the community spirit, humour, and general quality of life in the area where he lived. It therefore means a lot to Huw's family and friends that BIRT facilities in Yorkshire benefit so much from the Huw Thatcher Trust.
A number of other services have benefitted, including BIRT’s first centre in Wales - Tŷ Aberdafen, in Llanelli - which was selected because of Thatcher family connections and Huw’s support for Cardiff City.
Ann Buckler, Director of BIRT, said “It is my very great pleasure to formally announce Nick as an Ambassador for the Trust. We are very grateful to Nick and all Huw’s family and friends who have raised this money for BIRT. They have made a huge difference to many people who are experiencing brain injury rehabilitation”.