Cycle challenge helps Harry Moseley help others

27.03.12

A group of friends have put wheels in motion to launch an exciting new charity challenge in memory of brave Birmingham boy Harry Moseley.

Tim Andrews, of Hollywood Monster, and Georgie Moseley, are joined by the Hollywood Monster mascot to launch the Cycling for Harry challenge.

Inspired by the Sheldon schoolboy’s selfless efforts to help fellow cancer victims, father-of-one Brian Bennett and friend Mel Castle have launched the Cycling for Harry event, which will take place on May 12 and 13.

It will see 27 friends cycle over 100 miles in two days – from Blakenhale School, in Sheldon, where Harry was a pupil, to Wembley Stadium in London – raising more than £10,000. Among those taking part will be Harry’s mother Georgie and brother Louis, aged 15, and former Birmingham City footballer Michael Johnson.

They will be joined by Tim Andrews, managing director of Tyseley-based signs and graphics specialist Hollywood Monster. The company has agreed to be main sponsor of the event.

Harry’s selfless story touched the hearts of tens of thousands of people across the globe, including many celebrities, as he raised more than £500,000 for Cancer Research UK by selling hand-made bracelets.

He rose to prominence in 2007 and attracted almost 100,000 followers on Twitter, coining the phrase ‘Help Harry Help Others’. Harry sadly died last October aged 11 as a result of an inoperable brain tumour.

Brian, aged 34, also from Sheldon, who works at Mereway Kitchens in Tyseley, said: “I became aware of Harry’s story and started following him on Twitter. Seeing how saddened everyone was on news of his death I decided I had to do something to continue Harry’s hard work, and the Brum to Wembley cycle ride was born.

“Originally I announced it on Facebook to just a few mates, but it quickly became a larger group. Then, with the help of Twitter, we suddenly had even more exposure with celebrities and friends of Harry becoming involved. We’ve had some fantastic support from individuals and local companies. We’re already well on our way to achieving our target but we would encourage as many people as possible to donate to what is a very worthy cause.”

Brian, who is a Birmingham City fan, said the group of cyclists includes supporters of all the major West Midlands football clubs.

He added: “I’m delighted that Georgie and Louis will be joining us on what will be our tribute to Harry. The total distance will be approximately 104miles and it is going to be tough. We are all amateurs at cycling – some of us didn’t even own a bike until this challenge – so it is not a race. It’s purely about achieving the goal of fundraising and raising awareness about brain tumours so that we can continue the work that Harry started.”

Michael Johnson said: “I’m delighted and honoured to be part of this fabulous event in aid of Harry, a young boy who in his short life made such an impact on me. I’ve had several weeks of training and will be taking to my bike along with Mel, Brian and the rest of the team on the short journey to Wembley . We will be helping raise funds and raising awareness of what Harry stood for.”

Blues goalkeeper Jack Butland is among the people who have already supported the fundraising effort, donating match fees to the cause. Anyone that wants to support Cycling for Harry can visit www.cyclingforharry.co.uk, or www.justgiving.com/cyclingforharry, or text a donation to 70070 and type the code QXHE51£(your amount).

Birmingham City FC have thrown their weight behind the fundraising and have invited Brian and friends to collect sponsorship from fans at St Andrews before and during the match against Crystal Palace on April 7.

Harry’s mum Georgie and her family will also take part in BRMB’s Walk for Harry on Sunday, May 13. The 26-mile walk around the city is expected to attract about 10,000 people. BRMB radio station, which organises the event, said money raised would be split between Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital and the Acorns Children’s Hospice in Selly Oak.

CAPTION: The Cycling for Harry team including Brian Bennett (front row, far left), Michael Johnson (back row, centre), Mel Castle (back row, centre) and Tim Andrews of Hollywood Monster (back row, right of Mel).

CAPTION: Tim Andrews, of Hollywood Monster, and Georgie Moseley, are joined by the Hollywood Monster mascot to launch the Cycling for Harry challenge.

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