Raise a glass to support £500k project for young people in memory of Chapel teen

Thomas Theyer
Thomas Theyer

A Buxton bar is asking customers to raise a glass to a High Peak runner who left a legacy of hope for youngsters wanting to enjoy the great outdoors.

Thomas Theyer was aged 18 when he died in a tragic accident while running on Parkhouse Hill, near Longnor, six days after competing in the 2013 Buxton Carnival.

Now Thomas’ parents Alan and Chris and sister Aimee have launched the Thomas Theyer Foundation, which aims to raise £500,000 to create accessible outdoor facilities near Buxton.

And on July 25, Buxton Tap House is supporting the charity with an evening and music – plus the chance to sample Buxton Brewery’s “Thomas Theyer Foundation” ale.

The wonderfully-named Tony Maloney and The Lonely Ponies will play from 9.30pm, and 10p from every pint of the light and hoppy session ale from Buxton Brewery will go to the Foundation.

There will be games and a raffle throughout the night.

Thomas was passionate about health and fitness and running was a major aspect of his ‘keeping fit’.

Running helped to combat some of the difficulties Thomas faced associated with Attention Deficit Disorder and Dyspraxia, which he was diagnosed as having.

“Thomas’s passion was running – it brought him immense enjoyment,” said Chris.

“We saw how physical activity improved his gross motor skills and his confidence, but even more, we saw what enjoyment it gave him and the fun he had being a member of Buxton Athletics Club.”

The family decided to make sure his name was never forgotten by creating the Foundation, which aims to create two lodges providing children and young people with different needs, the opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities during respite breaks.

Local runners can also raise funds for the Foundation by competing in the Whaley Fell Race on June 27 and Buxton Carnival on July 11.

For more information about the foundation, visit www.facebook.com/TheThomasTheyerFoundation.