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Brummies and celebs alike, still helping Harry Moseley’s legacy “Help Harry Help Others”
Pockets were emptied, and the hearts and minds of many were touched last month, when a charity ball was thrown in Harry Moseley’s honour for his Cancer Research charity Help Harry Help Others.
The charity ball thrown on the 19th October was a star-studded affair, with the likes of Ben Shepherd, Dannielle Lloyd, Adam Rickett and Olympic bronze medalist Kristian Thomas, all attending to show their support for Help Harry Help Others.
The event held at Birmingham’s ICC, was successfully organised by Peter Ellis, a lawyer from Weightmans LLP; a popular Birmingham law firm serving all sectors from offices around the country. Peter was touched by Harry Moseley’s drive and determination to help others during his own cancer suffering, leading him to organise the event in his honour. Peter said:
“Harry’s story really struck a chord with me. I have a young son and I can’t even begin to grasp the level of strength shown by Harry and his family. He was a very generous young man with a heart of gold, and I just had to help continue his legacy.”
The black tie event was attended by more than 1250 people. Guests enjoyed a drinks reception, charity auction and raffle; raising an incredible £100,000 for the recently registered charity, ‘Help Harry Help Others’, set up in Harry’s name.
The success of the event can only be put down to the fact that Harry Moseley was a boy unlike many others. He was selfless, fearless and caring. It is therefore no surprise that even after his death, he continues to be perhaps one of the most inspiring figures in both Birmingham, and beyond. Harry was not only named ‘Britain’s Kindest Kid’, but he was also given a posthumous star on Birmingham’s Broad Street ‘Walk of Stars’.
Harry died last October at the age of 11, after losing his battle with an inoperable brain tumour. However, it was not his own cancer that spurred the influential boy from Sheldon to campaign and raise thousands of pounds; it was the pain of his friend, and fellow cancer-suffer, Robert Harley. Although Robert sadly died 4 weeks into the campaign, Harry still decided to promote the charity in Robert’s honour.
The enterprising young boy raised money by making and selling beaded bracelets to try and help find a cure for brain tumours. While alive he raised more than £500,000 for Cancer research UK. Harry’s confidence and passion led him to speak at many events and raise an unprecedented awareness for his campaign. His impact and influence could most prominently be seen in his huge celebrity following; with even the Prime Minister David Cameron pictured wearing one of his bracelets. He even set up his own ‘school’s initiative’ to get school children involved in raising money for their own school fund.
With a legacy so strong, and a cause so valuable, it comes as no surprise that Harry’s family continues to fight his fight. The charity ‘Help Harry Help Others’ was launched this September by his mother, Georgie Moseley. The charity both raises money to find a cure for cancer, while also supporting families going through a similar journey.
With the sheer amount raised for ‘Help Harry Help Others’, and the awareness gained for the charity, the ball was clearly an all-round success. Peter Ellis said:
“We are already considering a similar event for 2013…”
The 2013 event will be very much awaited by many local supports of cancer research and the Harry Moseley project.
To donate to Harry Moseley’s charity ‘Help Harry Help Others’ and learn more about the organisation, visit: hhho.org.uk.