Charity foundation set up in memory of young runner

Chris, Alan and Aimee Theyer with some of their photos of Thomas
Chris, Alan and Aimee Theyer with some of their photos of Thomas

The family of a Chapel-en-le-Frith teenager who died after a fall while out running are to help other local people in his memory.

The Thomas Theyer Foundation has been set up by Alan, Chris and Aimee Theyer in memory of 18-year-old Thomas, who sadly died in July 2013.

Thomas Theyer.

Thomas Theyer.

As a child, Thomas was diagnosed as having Dyspraxia, a condition which affects fine and/or gross motor skills, and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).

At the time, his parents were given help by medical professionals but were unable to access any kind of support groups to speak to other families in the same situation. Now they are hoping, through the foundation, to set up a support group for young people with Dyspraxia and/or ADD.

Mum Chris said: “We had support through the area paediatrician but we always felt something was missing. As a family we wanted to share our experiences and just have the support from other families going through the same thing.”

Thomas was a keen runner and exercise had helped him with his conditions, so it is also hoped that the support group and foundation can help encourage young people to get involved in exercise.

Chris added: “Thomas’ gross motor skills were improved greatly by exercise. In addition, the enjoyment he got from participating in sports was a massive part of his life.

“As a family, we want to see if we can do something to help other children and young adults like Thomas and their families.

“Also, Thomas was so kind - he once said if he won the lottery he would give it all away to charity - and he probably would have.

“We want to make sure Thomas is not forgotten and to do some good in his name.”

Anyone who is interested in getting involved with the support group in any way should email ttf@remscott.com.

A table top sale in aid of the Thomas Theyer Foundation is taking place at The Dome, Buxton, on Sunday October 12 from 8am to 1pm. More than 40 tables selling a variety of goods have been booked and entry to the event is free. There will also be a raffle and tombola with prizes donated by local companies.

To donate a prize, email ttf@remscott.com.

A Christmas market is being held at The Old Hall Hotel, Buxton, on December 2.

Alan, Chris and Aimee are hoping to raise the minimum £5,000 needed to make the Thomas Theyer Foundation a registered charity.