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Welcome to our HelpHarryHelpOthers newsletter, our way of updating you wonderful Harry Supporters on the efforts of all of us who have worked as a team to make a difference to all people affected by Cancer in our community. Everyone from our Trustees, Ambassadors, volunteers, corporate supporters and our fundraisers have all made HHHO have a huge impact in communities and we hope our updates will help inspire you to see the wonderful difference you are all making and hopefully you will want to keep supporting a unique charity that is “handmade with love for all people with Cancer”.
I know first hand that every step of the Journey is tough . Even though we lost Harry to his Cancer battle Cancer still impacts on us every single day and that’s why HelpHarryHelpOthers is here – to support families every step of their journey. We are the only Cancer charity in the West Midlands that supports families every step of the through their journey through our HelpCURE, HelpCOPE and HelpCARE funds. We help adults and children with any type of Cancer and our help doesn’t stop there. We want to help any other charity / service that provide the specialist care for Cancer patients. Both our Cancer families and the amazing services that provide the core care for Cancer families are important and we hope you can be part of Harry’s journey to supporting everyone affected by Cancer.
As a small charity created by my son Harry we are incredibly proud of our achievements to date however with just 2 of us day to day we really do need your continued support. Harry may have created the amazing concept but we can only give that help with support from wonderful people like you!
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WHERE HAVE WE SPENT YOUR ‘HARRYLOVE’ JAN 2014?
We wanted to start 2014 with lots of giving so what’s happening at the start of the year?
Funding vital research. This month our trustees have approved to fund a PhD student for 3 years at the University of Birmingham. More updates on this to follow once all in place for Harrys Ambassadors to hand over £72,000
Providing grants to support families who are struggling financially directly as a result of Cancer diagnosis. This month we have helped lots of families and given out £8,110.58 which has included grants for household furniture, petrol, utility bills, bus passes, petrol vouchers, adapted buggies and more. Read more on 3 of our families we have helped
We received an application from a social worker at St Marys Hospice for a lady they care for in her early 30’s from Birmingham with Breast Cancer. Following a Mastectomy the medicine she was given caused heart problems and she is also having intensive Radiotherapy too. The lady has a 3 year old child and all this has taken a toll on her and she is extremely weak therefore she is not able to work currently and is not able to pay for her child’s nursery which is now needed full time until she gets stronger. HelpHarryHelpOthers stepped in to support her through a difficult time and has paid the nursery fees so she can focus on her health and get stronger. We know that although a small gesture on our part this is having a huge impact on her Cancer journey and we truly hope she can focus on getting better.
Thanks to one of our amazing corporate supporters Baldwin’s Accountants who had received a call from an old lady we were delighted to step in and help her and her husband. Anne is in her 70’s and her husband has asbestos Cancer. She was told about HHHO by her Macmillan nurse as they were really struggling financially due to increased travelling and accommodation costs which could not be funded via usual means through hospital or social work staff. Not very good on the computer Anne somehow ended up on Baldwin’s Accountants website and they put her in touch with us. I called Anne to find out her situation and see if we could help. Anne’s husband is in the thick of Chemotherapy having five 3 week cycles administered at Wolverhampton hospital. They live in Tenbury wells and don’t drive. Her husband who is 76 is well enough to travel on public transport. On a Tuesday he has to attend hospital to have his bloods tested and then if all is well with his blood counts he has to travel back on the Wednesday for his chemotherapy. As it was too much travelling they were travelling on a Tuesday by taxi, staying over in a hotel and then would return home to Tenbury Wells after Chemo on the Wednesday. This was all putting a huge financial strain on them and they were getting in a mess. Anne was so worried and hoped we could help in some way. After hearing her story and how upset she was we had to step in and make a difference so they could continue through the journey together. HHHO helped her complete the application and now support them by providing the transport and pay for a hotel so Anne and her husband can focus on each other. Anne has only recently gone through Cancer herself too. Anne was very tearful when we arranged all her travel and took that worry away. We are delighted to be making a small contribution to their very urgent needs.
Referred to us by a social worker at the Royal Orthopaedic hospital we heard of a teenage boy who has a very poor prognosis whom is very poorly and now bedbound in a downstairs room at his home. Whilst he is very weak and now in bed constantly he has a very well in his mind and gets frustrated by the time he has to spend in bed as he is too ill to get up. As he has younger siblings the parents obviously have to look after them too and still do the usual housework, prepare meals etc. and therefore he spends lots of time alone. His social worker asked if we could supply him with something to occupy him. Whilst we are not a ‘wish’ charity and provide only practical support, we surprised him with a games console to take his mind off his illness and also let him have fun like teenagers should. Something we wouldn’t usually do however, we do grant each award based on its individual story as everyone’s is different. This will hopefully give him some happy times during the ‘end of life’ care he is receiving.
Where we help other charities / services that provide the specialist ‘care’ for Cancer patients. This month I saw the progress on our ‘Harry Moseley Family Centre’ at St Marys Hospice following our donation of £103,000 October 2013. Due to open the end of March, the Centre will provide Privacy and allow a family to be together during the final hours / days of a Cancer patient’s life. It’s a centre that will be a ‘home from home’ but will have specialist nurses and doctors right at the touch of a button giving families that peace of mind during their final days with a loved one.
Also this month HelpHarryHelpOthers have approved a grant for the QE Hospital Charity to fund a treatment / recovery room for the ever increasing number of Cancer children that have Radiotherapy at the QE Cancer Centre like Harry did. Most children up to the age of 10 have to be put to sleep every day for Radiotherapy usually 5 days a week for 6 weeks) which is not good. HelpHarryHelpOthers wanted to support their amazing work and provide a child friendly treatment / recovery room in a department that was really designed for adults. More updates to come once the work starts.
Finally under HelpCARE we have given £14,040 to Forget Me Not Hospice in Huddersfield to fund a much needed and valued Care Worker. The hospice runs on donations and we are delighted to be able to support from monies raised outside Bham. We want your £ to go back into your community so you see the impact first hand!
‘HARRYLOVE’ BEING SPREAD BY YOU!
Near the first anniversary of her brothers passing, Roxanne organised a 14 mile fancy dress walk on 2nd February to raise money for his children aged 4 and 5 to go to Disneyland Paris and also HHHO. The day was a great success and we congratulate Roxanne and her family and friends for all their efforts.
Look at some of our amazing supporters who are already planning events for HHHO in 2014
Yep you got it! Dean Holden is holding Darts4Harry from 8am – 8pm on Saturday 15th March. Dean signed up to our ‘Harry 500’ Club where we asked some of our supporters to pledge to raise £500 for HHHO in 2014. We wanted unique and wacky ideas and Dean has managed that! An employee of Virgin Trains Dean will be getting all commuters involved at Birmingham International Station at the NEC with the event and fabulous entertainment will be on offer too by The Glamaphones. If you can sponsor or support Dean get in touch. Deans Justgiving page is www.justgiving.com/Dean-holden
As part of our Harry 500 Club again we have 3 lovely ladies and true Harry supporters that are all wacky and intend to walk from London to Birmingham with the objective of walking over 100 miles for Harry. Leaving London on 21st July our ‘Harrys Angels’ will be heading to Harrys home town where we hope to have a crowd welcome them to Brum. More details to come soon.
Brian, Mel and the team are back! After an amazing event from Harry’s school in Sheldon to Wembley in May 2012, they have pumped up those tyres and got the team back on board for a spectacular, fun Cycling event over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Watch their fun filled launch video here http://youtu.be/BJrOngZ5G_s If you would like to get involved with the event or are a company who would be interested in sponsoring the event please get in touch. Georgie@hhho.org.uk
Runninghome4Harry 6th April 2014
Our amazing charity partner South and City College are organising ‘Runninghome4Harry’. All participants will be dropped off at a secret location and will have the challenge of getting home with just £1 in their pockets. Email email@example.com for further information.
LOTS MORE EVENTS WHICH WILL BE FEATURED OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS INCLUDING
A SPECIAL HELPHARRYHELPOTHERS EVENT WE REVEAL NEXT MONTH
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH OUR CHARITY PARTNER BCFC. AN EVENT ALL ABOUT FAMILIES, COMMUNITY, FUN, LAUGHTER AND LOTS OF CELEBS
If you are doing an event for HelpHarryHelpOthers we would love to feature you in our Newsletters both when you decide what you are doing and when and then after your event we would love to hear how your event went and see pics of the day so we can share your fundraising efforts.
Email Georgie@hhho.org.uk with all your details
HOW ELSE CAN YOU SUPPORT US?
Visit Harrys website http://www.hhho.org.uk for latest bracelets that are “handmade with love for all people with Cancer” and other ‘Harry Merchandise’ to show your support.
Meet our Harry Van! It’s always travelling up and down the country for our ‘footsteps4Harry campaign’. We don’t want your time or your money…………..we just want your old shoes!!!!
For every pair of shoes donated HHHO receive 35p to help our Cancer families. The shoes also go to Africa for families suffering financial hardship. To organise a cute ‘Harrybin’ for your workplace reception, school or shop, please visit http://www/footsteps4harry.org.uk or order your bin by calling 0800 0186333. If you just wish to donate your shoes without having a bin please do take a look at the website to find out where your nearest 'shoe bin' is located.
WELCOME ON BOARD SOME OF OUR CORPORATE SUPPORTERS
Being a small charity with only 2 of us working day to day, we need all the support we can get not only to raise vital funds to help families but to also spread awareness so that families hear about us and can then apply to us for support. Here’s why some of our clients support us:-
Baldwin’s is a third generation family run firm of accountants with nine offices across the Midlands. As a firm our focus is on helping owner managed and family businesses achieve their personal and business goals, this means going beyond just doing the accounts and being advisors to business on a very practical level. Which is what leads to our strapline ‘not just good with numbers’.
The reason we as a firm chose Help Harry Help Others as our charity partner was that we found a number of synergies in both the outlook and the way we both organisations operate. Help Harry provides the kind of practical support to people that the larger charities often struggle to provide, support that makes a real difference to their day to day lives. Also Help Harry gives back to the future of our communities in a very positive way with the school work and young offender work that the charity undertakes. Baldwin’s too has a focus on giving back to the next generation via our KickStart Young Entrepreneurs Awards program and we were delighted to donate the profits from our finals night to assist with the amazing work the charity undertakes.
We are looking forward to working with Help Harry for many years to come and delighted Georgie will be again supporting us at our KickStart Finals night in November.
Alan Collins of Lookers Vauxhall decided to support us by donating a car to HelpHarryHelpOthers so that we can get to and from lots of events. With having stands, displays, bracelets and often volunteers. Lookers support has made a huge impact on us so that we can continue in our quest to help families. Alan understands our goal in keeping costs down and the car is a huge benefit. We could not spread the ‘Harrylove’ without their valued support.
Also welcome on board to some of our new supporters
In our next newsletter we tell you how we go that extra mile with some of our corporate supporters so that families with Cancer have access to free expertise when they are in need!
HARRYS HEROES……………….our kids inspired by Harry, with a heart like Harry.
I'm Jack and I'm 12 years old. I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia when I was 5.
During my life with cancer I lost lots of young friends, but none affected me as much as when Harry died. Harry inspired me to live my life to the full and help as many people as I can along the way.
I have raised nearly £3,000 for help harry help others by making Harry's bracelets (I've sold over 1000) selling kisses at Harry's ball, holding toy sales and coffee mornings.
It's very important to me to keep Harry's memory alive and my wish, like Harry's is to see everyone wearing one of his bracelets and to help other people with cancer.
We first meet Harry Moseley July 2011 when we found out Tilly had a medullablastoma , he lit up the whole ward worrying about everyone else , I knew we would be friends with Harry & his family for ever ! Unfortunately our friendship with Harry was cut short oct 2011 when he passed away! Since Tillys all clear we as a family try to raise much needed funds for Harry's wonderful charity HHHO , Olivia my eldest daughter especially works so hard to raise as much money as possible , in her own words she said ' from the day I met Harry I knew how special he was , one in a million & I needed to give back what I felt he gave to my sister he was & still is her guardian angel ' Olivia has sat selling braclets for hours in all weathers , she has had her hair cut for the princess charity and help organise a wedding for a young terminally ill lady, she has also won a local award The Tony Mousley award for charity work in the local community , I as her mum couldn't be prouder watching the luv & dedication she has put into HHHO but as she says regular 'There's only one Harry Moseley !!
Kieran is a cheeky chappy inspired by Harry and is continually doing events. Recently I attended his virtual Race night at The Bell and Bear, Rowley Regis that he had organised himself. From this event alone he raised over £300 and in total he has smashed over £2000. Hes a fab young man with a heart of Gold and also a fabulous Interview for Sports Radio. Well Done Kieran we think you are amazing!!!