Tributes to Tom and Scarlett ahead of Charity Ball in their honour
October 2, 2019

Thomas Watson RS 1991-2000

Tom began his education at Rydal Prep School in 1991 and he went on to Rydal Senior School in 1999, where he was Head Boy in his last year. After leaving Rydal Penrhos in 2000, Tom enjoyed four years at the University of St. Andrews, gaining a degree in Ancient History and Archaeology. He then completed a post graduate diploma in rural environment and land management at Harper Adams Agricultural College in Shropshire in 2006.

After finishing his studies, Tom moved to York to work as a rural surveyor for The National Trust, and in 2009 he received his RICS status to become a qualified Chartered Surveyor.

A keen sportsman throughout his life, Tom enjoyed representing Rydal Penrhos in several sports teams. He loved his golf, tennis and running in particular.

He organised and participated in many events in his time, including a charity run to raise money for the Cancer Unit at Glan Clwyd Hospital of some 194 miles (completed in a week) from South to North Wales along Offa’s Dyke; the West Highland Way Race in Scotland in 2006 and 2007 and numerous marathons, including Paris, Dublin, Amsterdam and London. His last three marathons in London were all completed in under three hours.

In 2010, Tom was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. He underwent aggressive chemotherapy and through the support of The Anthony Nolan Trust a bone marrow donor was found. Sadly, despite a successful bone marrow transplant, the leukaemia returned and Tom passed away on 5th March 2012.

A brilliant encourager of others, Tom is greatly missed by many and remembered as a kind and talented person with a wonderful sense of humour, who lived an active and fulfilled life.

Scarlett Salisbury RP 2009-16

Scarlett was diagnosed with Friedrichs Ataxia at the age of eight but that never stopped her pushing on with her life and getting everything out of it.

She was full of life, fun, compassion, grit and determination. Although she had her own daily difficulties she never let them stop her being the fabulous person she was.

Scarlett was and still is, an inspiration to our family, she was simply wonderful. She had an ability to light up a room with her smile and wit and to make people gravitate towards her.

She is missed every second of every day, but there is great comfort for us, in the wonderful memories that we cherish.

Anyone wishing to purchase tickets for the Charity Ball on Friday, October 11 should contact Sarah James via email SJames@rydalpenrhos.com or call 01492 530155.