Trust in Huw’s memory will help others

Huw Thatcher from Holmfirth who died after being hurt during a football game against Brighouse Town Juniors
Huw Thatcher from Holmfirth who died after being hurt during a football game against Brighouse Town Juniors

A CHARITY trust set up in memory of a young football player who died after a game in Brighouse has already raised more than £5,000.

Hepworth United player Huw, 15, collapsed and died after a game at St Giles Road, Hove Edge, in March. Doctors later discovered he had a brain aneurysm which led to his death.

Friends and family have since set up a trust in his memory, the Huw Thatcher Trust, which will care for and help brain injured people.

Nigel Bowers, who was Huw’s football club manager, said the activities and events aim to support others, ease hearing somewhat and will have Huw at the forefront of being kind, thoughtful, fun and inspirational. “Just three years before Huw was born, a boy called Daniel Yorath died kicking a football about in the garden with his dad, the former Town coach Terry Yorath. He was just 15,” he said.

“Daniel’s dad managed or played for each of Huw’s three favourite clubs - Cardiff City, Huddersfield Town and Spurs.

“Daniel Yorath House is a charity that provides a facility in Yorkshire for people with acquired brain injury and is linked to a larger national charity for brain injured people. Some people with the same condition as Huw survive with surgery, but sometimes with devastating effects on their lives in the form of disabilities.

“That’s why Huw’s family are supporting the Disabilities Trust charity - in particular the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust part of this charity, which includes Daniel Yorath House.”

Huw’s parents, Nick and Jenny, and sister Carys, have backed the Trust. “The last weeks have obviously brought some dark days and there will be many difficult times for us to face in the future,” they said.

“The loss of Huw is felt most acutely by the three of us, but we are aware that hundreds of others have shared this sense of loss and disbelief. Huw had a wide and varied life and the acts of support and compassion have been equally wide and varied.

“This is fitting as Huw would have wanted all the many droplets of goodness he touched people with to continue and flourish.

“Without our families and the community around us, the three of us wouldn’t have been able to start thinking about healing - setting up The Huw Thatcher Trust and starting to get back to some of the things we were doing before March 13.”

They said the trust was a positive way of ensuring that the legacy is an enduring and productive one.