Thomas Kareem Crosbie, aka PACE had a great passion for music and sport. He was a creative, sensitive and deep thinking individual. He cared greatly about his family, friends and his community. He was a natural communicator and had an amazing capacity for bringing people together. He touched many people’s lives and will be remembered for his unique energy, and unbound kindness. He believed that all people were equal and felt great sadness for the inequalities that exist globally. He cared about the environment and human rights. He wished for the world to be a more peaceful and loving place.
Thomas took his own life 15th September 2016 aged 27.
a Creative hub in east london
Thomas’s vision was to form a creative hub that would be a place of inspiration and promote young people's wellbeing through the arts and sport. Those who loved him and those who worked alongside him have created the Thomas Crosbie PACE Foundation to honour that vision and continue his legacy. It is recognition of Thomas’s life and will not only celebrate Thomas’s life but the lives of everyone involved.
The Thomas Crosbie PACE Foundation is dedicated to developing a creative hub in East London where young people can access the arts and sport. Whether it be attending workshops in spoken word and rap to recording original beats and accessing sports activities.
We have had some wonderful fundraising events over the last three years by the Foundation friends and supporters. The idea was that some would be sport and health-related
Big Half London marathon x 3 years.
Sponsored Pace River walk from the Southbank to Wapping.
Cal’s music night at Grow Hackney.
Individuals raised money through marathons, tough mudders, clothes swaps and personal donations. Through all these fantastic efforts we were able to hold our first COLDFIRE FESTIVAL in Tower Hamlets in July 2019.
It was staged at Wennington Green in Tower Hamlet’s Mile End Park with support from the Hackney Quest youth organisation. The event attracted around 300 people through the day. The idea of the organisers was an event that would inspire and
energise young people through the arts and sports but also appeal to all the family with activities for all. Those who came saw performances from professional artists alongside a range of young people. This included music, dance, song and spoken word. Together with a workshop programme that featured writing, graffiti and film screening by young local filmmakers, sports taster sessions by London Youth.
Organisations who attended included Papyrus, C.A.L.M, Compassionate friends, Amnesty and Plastic Free Roman
Road. There was a listening Tent provided by ‘The Listening Place’ which gave young people and others an opportunity to talk to professionals. Last but not least there was Free Food which was very popular!
This was so successful, and by popular demand, we held our second Coldfire Festival on 26th June 2022.