The Thomas Hayes Trust fund is an initiative started by the Hayes family to support individuals and their families affected by suicide, or contemplating suicide.
Background & Description
The Thomas Hayes Trust (THT) was established in February 2014 by Angela Hayes, her children, family and friends following the tragic loss of her son, Thomas to suicide (2010) on the anniversary of his dad’s suicide. At that time she was unaware of the suffering within the community experienced by others in similar circumstances. This awareness was illuminated when her son Alan and Angela were invited to speak on the Late Late Show, in January 2014, to tell their story of how suicide had affected their family. On that night her son Alan performed a song he composed for her called “Survivor” a song he wrote to show her that he was proud of how she had reached out for help through counselling, to help herself and her family navigate the awful pain of grief through suicide. The public response to their story and the song was phenomenal, with people suggesting that Alan’s song be recorded and the proceeds be donated to a charity. It was not her intention at that time to do anything except tell their story however, with the overwhelming response and the launching of the song an opportunity presented to set up the Trust to “support the people of Kilkenny and surrounding areas that have been affected by suicide, and to those who contemplate or contemplated ending their life” Angela says “The Thomas Hayes Trust by helping others will commemorate the life of Thomas – a son, brother and friend”, and to remember his father Tommy.
The Board of Directors oversee all activities in the carrying out of their mission statement in line with their core values.
About the trust
The Trust will provide services in line with statutory regulation, through the following:
- Continue to fundraise and where possible ensure those events are family orientated and promote social skills.
- Advocate for those effected by or contemplating suicide.
- Support and liaise with other community groups.
- Act as a pathway to and from other appropriate agencies.
- Respect – recognised by accepting each person is equal and unique.
- Accountability – recognised through transparency of all the trusts actions.
- Quality – recognised by services being provided by appropriate persons, in a safe and nurturing environment.