The Huw Thatcher Trust was set up in 2011 to remember Huw Thatcher, and to raise funds for The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT). After a very rewarding seven and a half years, Huw’s family announced in 2018 that the Trust was to close.

Huw passed away at the age of 15 years on March 13th 2011. He was playing in a football match for Hepworth United near his home town of Holmfirth in West Yorkshire. Huw had a brain hemorrhage as a result of a pre existing condition that no one knew about, or could ever have known about. People who suffer brain hemorrhages and survive, often experience brain injury and subsequent disabilities.

"We set up the Huw Thatcher Trust in 2011 with Huw’s friends and wider family - to remember Huw in a positive way, and help brain injured people. The Trust has been just like Huw; energetic, productive, purposeful, fun, kind, inspirational and creative.

The Trust gave Huw's friends and family a positive focus and a lot of comfort over a period of seven and a half years - to know that they could do something to show their love for Huw. If things had been different, Huw may have needed the support of an organisation like BIRT - this is why we have been delighted to raise funds for BIRT in memory of Huw.
We decided to close the Huw Thatcher Trust on Huw’s 23rd birthday - 25th November 2018. This was a natural and positive decision and we would like to thank every person who has donated their time and or money to make it a wonderful success which resulted in raising the incredible amount of £119,000, and a lasting legacy.

We are grateful for the support and understanding of our friends at BIRT, and wish them every success in the future. The memory of Huw will continue the same as ever of course. He was a beautiful young man who in 2011, had an exciting life ahead of him; a perfect son, brother, wider family member and friend. We feel sure that special days will continue to be marked with some kind of events or fund raising, which may be for a local charity near where he spent his life in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire.
With much love and thanks to the many people who helped make Huw’s life a happy one and to everyone who has supported us since 2011, and continue to do so".

Nick Thatcher - Huw's Dad

As the appeal closes, many people wanted to thank everybody who has raised funds for the Huw Thatcher Trust; changing and enhancing people’s lives.

Chief Executive, The Disabilities Trust, Irene Sobowale:"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".

Chair of Trustees, The Disabilities Trust, Steve Howell: "As Chair of Trustees, I am delighted to be able to take this opportunity to thank Disabilities Trust Ambassador, Nick Thatcher, and everybody who has raised money in memory of Huw. Over the years, Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) services have received over £100,000 from the Huw Thatcher Trust and so many people have benefitted from their kind donations. It is testament to Huw that his family and friends have enhanced people’s lives and provided an enduring memory of Huw".

Ambassador, The Disabilities Trust, Izzy Judd: "I would like to add my thanks to supporters of the Huw Thatcher Trust, particularly for the donation of £10,000 to Eyes Alight. I set up this appeal, inspired by my brother who suffered a serious brain injury as a result of a car accident. From talking to other people at Kent house, where he lives, I learned that there were things that we could fundraise for that would make a big difference to their lives. With the help of the funds from the Huw Thatcher Trust, we have been able to make brain injury rehabilitation a little brighter".

Vice Patron, The Disabilities Trust, Gabby Logan: "I have been hugely impressed by and grateful to the supporters of the Huw Thatcher Trust. As Vice Patron of The Disabilities Trust, I was delighted to meet Nick Thatcher a few years ago and talk to him about the many donations, including those to Daniel Yorath House, which is very close to my heart. The money raised in memory of Huw has undoubtedly changed lives".

On behalf of all the staff and service users at Osman House, we would like to say a very heartfelt thank you for all of the fundraising the Huw Thatcher Trust has done over the years. We are grateful and honoured to have been able to use some of the funds to improve the garden at Osman House. Thanks to the Huw Thatcher Trust, the service users are accessing the garden more frequently and thoroughly enjoyed spending time in the garden and playing games throughout the summer. It has certainly brought many a smile to our service users faces and for that we will always be thankful.

Everyone at Thomas Edward Mitten House (TEM) house would like to say an enormous thank you to the Huw Thatcher Trust for the fantastic amount of money they donated to TEM House to support us in refurbishing the unit. This has enabled us to colour co-ordinate our corridors and improve the signage in the unit to enable people to orientate themselves quicker and improve their independence. All the service users have said that this has had a really great positive effect on the unit – Thank you so much!

Redford Court and Redford Court Lodge would like to take this opportunity to thank Nick Thatcher, and everybody who has raised money in memory of Huw. We have received a donation from the Huw Thatcher Trust to help us to adapt and equip a cabin to be a sensory and relaxation room. This donation will go along way in making this dream a reality. The money raised in memory of Huw has undoubtedly changed lives and will continue to do so here at Redford Court and Redford Court Lodge.

Nicky Plowman, Service Manager, York House would like to thank Nick Thatcher and everybody who has raised money for the Huw Thatcher Trust for their support and help in securing Music Therapy for a year. It really has made a huge difference to the lives of our service users, bringing opportunities to express themselves in music and rediscover skills lost following their acquired brain injury.

Rachael Harrison, Service Manager, Daniel Yorath House: Sometimes words are not enough to express you thanks to someone and this is one of those times. The funds that Nick has raised in memory of Huw and the generosity we have been shown as a Trust and individual services is heartfelt and received with such gratitude. I have seen the difference that these donations make to our services and the positive impact they have on our service users when we have been able to make significant changes to our gardens and offer additional activities that we couldn’t without these generous donations.

At Daniel Yorath House we have been able to use our most recent donations to pay for a specialist Music Therapy sessions each week through Nordoff Robbins. Our Nordoff Robbins Therapist, Luke runs group sessions, individual sessions and hold music evenings too and the ethos is to celebrate the connection and joy music can bring to those with physical disabilities or emotional challenges.

Thank so much to Nick and all the fundraisers for all your hard work and support, it means so much more than just the money – there have been some great memories made along the way and in memory of Huw.

Updates to Osman House 2018, funded by the Huw Thatcher Trust

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