Henry's Story

Henry David Hicks was born on Friday 9th February 1996 at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead to parents David and Dione Hicks.

Henry was to be the third of four children: Claudia (1991), William (1995) and Lydia (1998), and was baptised at The Parishes of Our Most Holy Redeemer and St.Mark in Clerkenwell, at the age of 2 where his Uncles, Michael Hicks and Billy Millar, became his Godfathers. 

From an early age, Henry became an avid fan of Arsenal Football Club, and regularly attended games with his father David, brother William, uncle Michael and cousin Harry. 

At the age of five, Henry begun attending Clerkenwell Parochial School where he stayed until the age of eleven.  Henry was very popular at school, not only with his peers but also with the teaching staff, and enjoyed being part of the school's football and swimming teams. 

Out of school, Henry continued to develop his strong swimming skills and also began participating in canoeing activities which he very much enjoyed.

Upon completing his primary school education, Henry became a pupil at the London Nautical School in Blackfriars.  Henry was the life and soul of the classroom, his cheeky smile always on show; he was a friend to everyone and was extremely popular.  As with his primary school activites, Henry was involved in the school's football and swimming teams and played a key role in the team's camaraderie. 

During his early teens, Henry enjoyed playing football for EC1 and the Arsenal Youth Team.

After leaving the London Nautical School in 2013, Henry attended college where he trained in carpentry, and after a few months there he began to work as a part time carpenter. Henry dreamed of one day owning his own carpentry business. 

Henry loved to spend time with his family, and was a regular visitor to the local youth club where he spent time with his friends and participated in a weekly football match with them.

Henry also had a keen interest in music; he constantly played music on his iPhone and enjoyed attending concerts and festivals, and he also enjoyed visiting the family's holiday home in Spain.  

On Friday 19th December 2014, the most tragic of events occurred when Henry was involved in a crash on his moped while being chased by two unmarked police cars on Wheelwright Street, N7.  The chase led to his death at the age of just eighteen. 

Henry's family decided to establish the Henry Hicks Foundation following his death, to ensure that Henry has a lasting legacy.