Who was Thomas?
Thomas was born 7thJune 1995. He was a happy, kind person who loved to make others laugh. He loved being active, especially running, and did so every day after college.
Thomas died on 19 July 2013, just over a month after his 18thbirthday.
At primary school, Thomas was diagnosed with Dyspraxia and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), which is a form of ‘Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) of the Inattentive Presentation’. ADD can sometimes go unnoticed because the symptoms may be less obvious.
Thomas’ main passion was running, he was a member of Buxton Athletics Club Juniors. On 29thJune 2013, Thomas completed his first and only fell race, the Whaley Waltz, and then the Buxton 4 road race on 2 July 2013.
The benefits Thomas gained from his love of running and exercise are at the heart of The Thomas Theyer Foundation.
Thomas’ mother, Chris Theyer, says:
Thomas’ gross motor skills were improved greatly by exercise. In addition, the enjoyment he got from participating in sports and outdoor activities was a massive part of his life.
Individuals with Dyspraxia may experience:
Issues with fine and gross motor skills
Poor coordination and balance
Difficulty planning and organising
Difficulty with speech, thought processes and perception
Problems with eye movement (tracking & relocating)
Difficulties regulating emotion and behaviour
Individuals with Inattentive ADHD may experience:
Difficulty focusing on tasks, activities or conversation
Conversely, can become overly focused on one thing
Difficulty following instructions (linked to poor attention)
Difficulty with, or avoidance of, tasks that require sustained effort
The Thomas Theyer Foundation
The foundation was established by Thomas’ family and became a registered charity in June 2015, which is currently raising funds to build a lodge at White Hall Education Centre in the heart of the beautiful Peak District of Derbyshire.
We aim to provide access to outdoor activities and respite accommodation for children and young people with additional needs. This includes children living with difficult life circumstances, such as young carers or those who have lost a parent or sibling.
When speaking of her reasons for starting The Thomas Theyer Foundation, Chris adds:
As a family we want to see if we can do something to help other children and young adults like Thomas and their families. Thomas once said if he won the lottery, he would give it all away to charity and he probably would have. We want Thomas not to be forgotten and to do something good in his name.