A bike ride in memory of a teenager who collapsed and died while playing football set off ... straight into a thunderstorm.

Huw Thatcher, 15, from Holmfirth died while playing football for Hepworth United in March 2011 – and since then a trust set up in his name has raised £95,000 for the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust which is part of the Disabilities Trust.

Huw had suffered a brain haemorrhage from a pre-existing condition no-one could have known about.

Huw Thatcher who died suddenly from a brain haemorrhage while playing football for Hepworth United in March 2011
Huw Thatcher who died suddenly from a brain haemorrhage while playing football for Hepworth United in March 2011
 

Huw’s dad, Nick, Huw’s 21-year-old cousin Michael Thatcher and Huw’s uncle, Robert Thatcher, are cycling around each of the 19 football grounds where Nick had taken Huw to see his beloved Cardiff City play away games before finishing at Upperthong Cricket Club at around 4.30pm on Sunday July 27.

They set off with family and friends who could join them on this first leg but immediately hit a thunderstorm and torrential rain for three hours.

Nick said: “We set off from Cardiff City Stadium at 8am on Saturday and headed right into a thunderstorm so suffered torrential rain for three hours.

“We then had several punctures from all the debris washed into the road by the rain.”

Undeterred, they carried on and finished the 108 miles to Newbury.

Today they stopped off at Wembley before finishing the day in Milton Keynes at the Dons’ stadium and tomorrow will reach Leicester City and Nottingham Forest’s grounds.

The bike ride, simply called 19 For Huw, will cover 1,000 miles which means they’ll be averaging around 110 miles a day.

Anyone who wants to support the cyclists visit the special Just Giving page.

Alternatively text HUWT95 then a space and the amount to 70070 e.g. HUWT95 £5.

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