Veteran politician Edwina Currie is to host a fundraising lunch in memory of a High Peak athlete who died suddenly, aged just 18.
The lunch, entitled ‘Growing Old Disgracefully,’ will be held in memory of Thomas Theyer, who she knew personally after meeting him while out walking her dogs at Fernilee, near to her Whaley Bridge home.
The Buxton Athletics Club member died while out running in 2013, and now his family have set up the Thomas Theyer Foundation which hopes to raise £500,000 to create two lodges at the Whitehall Outdoor Education Centre near Buxton.
Mrs Currie, a former Government minister and Derbyshire MP, said: “I am delighted to support the Thomas Theyer Foundation.
”I met Thomas when I was walking my dogs and was very shocked to hear that he had died only a few weeks later.
“He was a delightful young man, we chatted about all sorts of things.”
Mrs Currie said that Thomas would have been ‘thrilled’ by the lodges which will add to the pioneering work on outdoor education which has taken place over generations at Whitehall.
They will provide children and young people with additional needs the opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities during respite breaks.
She added that lunch at the Old Hall Hotel in Buxton on November 26 would be all about ‘fun and fund-raising’.
“We’ll have a great meal and then I’ll entertain everyone with stories from my bizarre experiences and offer some advice on growing old disgracefully.”
Thomas was passionate about running which helped him combat some of the difficulties he faced such as attention deficit disorder and dyspraxia.
The lunch will take place at noon on Thursday November 26 at the Old Hall Hotel on the Square in Buxton.
Tickets are £20 and include a two-course lunch and can be purchased from the hotel reception.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/TheThomasTheyerFoundation.