Thom is a very special 21 year old, who just happens to be a wheelchair user following
an accident. He has many friends, and a number of them have united to set up this
Appeal on Thom's behalf. They have asked his family to put together a short biography
to tell you a bit about his life so far, and his hopes and plans for the future.
Craig Donaldson was born on 19 July 1985. His calm, contented, laid-back attitude
was evident from birth. Always ready to reason and eager to please, he never hit
the dreaded Terrible Twos or had a tantrum. At a Nursery School Parents' Evening
when he was three and a half a teacher commented that if he was any more laid back
he'd fall over. It seems that not much has changed.
Thom continued to thrive at Red
Hill Primary School in Worcester, where he made some lovely friends. His easy banter
made him popular with people of all ages and from all walks of life.
At eleven, Thom
moved to Hanley Castle High School where he generally found time to complete his
homework before meeting up with friends to go out skating, biking or swimming. He
has always loved being outside and active, especially on the beach in Polzeath or
camping in the Forest of Dean.
Thom was happy and successful during his time at Hanley.
He particularly enjoyed the fantastic annual ski trips and a German Exchange which
broadened his horizons and gave him a chance to try out his language skills. At fifteen,
he looked very dashing as Theseus in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. He left in 2001
with a very respectable 10 GCSEs at grades A*-C.
After school, Thom spent a year at
Worcester Sixth Form College. A further German Exchange Trip and more practical Drama
were highlights of this time but Thom was not a committed academic at this point.
He decided to enter the world of work.
Thom's first jobs were a means to an end; he
wanted to pass his driving test and buy a car. His interest in cars first became
apparent when, as a toddler, he used passing traffic to learn and practise his colours.
He progressed to lecturing anyone who would listen on the makes and model numbers
and has always preferred a good car magazine to a novel. Throughout his childhood
he would doodle increasingly elaborate and aerodynamic high speed racing cars.
in Spring 2005, Thom found out that Morgan Cars were offering apprenticeships, his
eyes lit up. After the selection and interview process, he finally received the letter
to tell him he'd been successful. He re-read this a few times to make sure it was
true and was absolutely delighted to start work in the Trim Department in August.
Even after a few months he still insisted that he enjoyed the work so much that he
would do it for nothing; the pay packet was a very welcome bonus. He appreciated
the family atmosphere of the Company and felt that he was set up for life.