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Nicholas Thatcher

19forHuw - the Huw Thatcher Trust

Fundraising for The Disabilities Trust

raised by 96 supporters

The Disabilities Trust

We provide quality care to Brain Injury Autism Physical Disability

Charity Registration No. 800797


2014 is the 19 year since Huw was born.  In Huw’s 19 year, a group of us cycled to each of the 19 grounds where Huw and I went to watch Cardiff City play in away games.  It was be ‘19 for Huw’.  The total mileage was around 1000 miles and it took 9 days.

The aim of the ride was to do something positive to remember happy times with Huw - and to achieve something difficult but positive in his name.  We also want to raise funds and we would be delighted if anyne wants to sponsor us a fraction or multiple of £19 – so people could sponsor us for £1.90, £3.80, £9.50, £19 and so on.  We could raise a decent amount of money to add to the £93,000 already raised by the Huw Thatcher Trust – a legacy to a wonderful young guy.

Just like when I was a lad, Huw fell in love with Cardiff City (the Bluebirds) after his first visit to Ninian Park (Cardiff’s old ground).  Despite lving all his short life in Yorkshire, Huw grew up as a Cardiff City fan, and was proud to be one.  He shared in the excitement of trips to places like Wembley, Newcastle and Sunderland, although we enjoyed trips to less fashionable clubs like Scunthorpe and Stockport just as much.

Huw’s sister Carys and I still love to go and see Cardiff City – it is a familiar experience and gives us a special sense of connection with Huw.  We still swap stories and feel the same excitement at the football but are also sadly aware at every game that Huw is not with us.  19forHuw will be a great physical challenge, and a lovely way to recall so many happy days with Huw, and pay tribute to a beautiful young guy.

Nick Thatcher

I wanna fly, like the bluebirds fly
So high in the sky
But I'll never know why
I wanna fly, like the bluebirds fly
I'm gonna sing with the angels
I'm gonna give it a try
I'm gonna run through the rainbow
I'll be the very first human to fly
Like the Bluebirds fly
So high in the sky
And I'll never know why.

Taken from the lyrics of ‘Bluebirds’ by Ian Hunter (formerly of 1970s band Mot the Hoople)

You can read the story of 19forHuw here - 


  • Huw before the first match at the new stadium - August 2009
  • Huw in action himself for Hepworth United - January 2011
  • Michael and Rob - 2013 +2