Cyclists and walkers remember brave Harry Moseley

09.05.12

A group of friends are clocking up the training miles in preparation for an exciting new charity challenge in memory of brave Birmingham boy Harry Moseley.


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 the main sponsor of the event.

It will be followed on Sunday May 13 by Freeradio’s Walk for Harry, a 26-mile walk around Birmingham which will raise money for two charities close to Harry’s heart. Tim. Michael and Georgie, along with ‘Blind Dave’ Heeley, will complete the first leg of the cycle challenge and return to Birmingham to take part in the Walk for Harry.

More than 200 people recently attended an event at Hollywood Monster’s Birmingham headquarters to make over 6,000 of Harry’s trademark bracelets to sell during the walk to the thousands taking part.

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.”

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.”

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).

Georgie will be joined by family members when she takes part in Freeradio’s Walk for Harry on Sunday, May 13. The 26-mile walk around the city is expected to attract about 10,000 people. Freeradio 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.

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