Tom Moulton, or Moose as many knew him, tragically passed away at the age of 29 on Monday 27th July.
Moose was a much-loved son, brother, uncle, grandson, nephew, colleague and a dear friend to many. He was a big character, with big presence and an even bigger heart, always giving time to those around him.
He had a great passion for his family, socialising with friends, live and recorded music (especially on vinyl), film, TV and cooking.
He gained the nickname ‘Moose’ when he was 16, following his GCSE’s which he took at Belfairs High School. Tom and his friends visited Newquay to celebrate, and following meeting a group of Northerners, created Nothern versions of their names. Thomas became Moose, and was known by this name by friends and family alike ever since.
Before gaining his degree in Media Studies from Derby University he travelled around Australia and Fiji, he returned to Southend where he started volunteering and then working at Southend YMCA. He undertook many roles at the charity, including launching youth homelessness fundraiser ‘Sleep Easy’.
Housing and the issue of homelessness amongst vulnerable youngsters soon became another passion for Tom as he recognised the huge need in the area for suitable accommodation. He worked tirelessly to fundraise and increase the housing provision for local young people, overcoming many challenges during the process and became something of an expert on the subject.
Tom suffered from epilepsy since he was a child but never allowed his condition to let him live anything but a full life. He never wanted to be treated differently and never made a fuss even when he’d been unwell.
He was kind, funny, generous, humble and always saw the best in people. His passing has left a huge void in the lives in all who knew him.
Our chosen charities for donations in Tom’s memory are to be equally split between Epilepsy Research UK and the housing projects at Southend YMCA. You can go to www.justgiving.com/rememberingmoose.
For more information about making donations please email firstname.lastname@example.org.