TV Ben launches star-studded ball for Harry Moseley

21.06.12

A star-studded, glittering annual event to be held in memory of brave Birmingham schoolboy Harry Moseley was today (Thursday, June 21) being officially launched by TV presenter Ben Shephard and other celebrities.

Ben, who took Harry to his heart after meeting the youngster during his battle with a brain tumour, was due to unveil the first of a series of high-profile posters promoting the inaugural Harry Moseley Charity Ball.

Harry Potter stars Oliver and James Phelps, and Blues legend Michael Johnson, were also expected to join Ben for the 10.30am launch at the poster site near Selfridges in Birmingham city centre.

The spectacular ball, to be staged at Birmingham’s ICC on Friday, October 19, aims to raise more than £50,000 for Help Harry Help Others, the charity launched by his mother Georgie.

Among those invited to the event, which is expected to gain extensive coverage in OK magazine, are England and Chelsea star John Terry, Duncan Bannatyne of Dragon’s Den, TV presenter Alison Hammond, and stars of shows including The Apprentice, Take Me Out, This is England, and Big Brother.

The event is being organised by former Big Brother contestant and Birmingham corporate lawyer Peter (PJ) Ellis, of Weightmans, and Tim Andrews, managing director of Hollywood Monster, with support from Georgie and many more well-wishers.

Georgie said: “Harry attended several charity balls, usually giving a speech during them. I am overwhelmed that we are now officially holding our first ever Harry Moseley Ball in his honour and for his own charity.

“He has done so much for other charities and I really hope companies can support the event that’s for Harrys own charity. Both Pete Ellis and Tim Andrews have worked so hard on this and I’m so moved that when I spoke to Ben Shephard and some of Harry’s other celebrity friends they were able to attend the billboard launch.

“The Ball will be a super but emotional night and something Harry would be very proud of. Harry was born and bred in Birmingham and he’s inspired so many children and adults globally and continues to do so. I really hope companies within Birmingham support this spectacular evening that will hopefully support us so that one day no other family ends up feeling like we do right now.”

Businesses throughout the West Midlands are being urged to support the event, and take the chance to meet some of Harry’s many famous friends. More than 50 companies have already pledged to take tables of 10, with up to another 100 tables up for grabs. Sponsors include signs and graphics specialists Hollywood Monster and leading law firm Weightmans.

Tim, a trustee of Harry’s charity, said: “It’s a great honour for me to be involved in Help Harry Help Others and I really want to make a difference to this great charity. I have agreed to personally sponsor and join the organizing committee for the inaugural charity ball at the ICC. We are hoping to sell at least 100 tables and raise £50,000.

“Quite a few celebrities have signed up to the event and it is all set to be a glitzy affair. We have sold 50 tables and I hope there will be many more companies coming forward to support this fantastic cause. The evening will be full of the best companies in Birmingham and will be a great opportunity to network. This will be THE event of the year.”

PJ said: “What a boy Harry was, and what a shining light he has left behind.  I am so very proud that I am a part of this project helping to keep that very same light alive.  I am sure that I speak for my employer Weightmans who are supporting this event and have recently made Help Harry Help Others the office charity.  I urge all local businesses to get involved and not to miss the event of the year.”

The charity ball will be advertised across the city on a series of billboards. Posters have been produced by Hollywood Monster while space on the boards themselves have been generously donated by advertising company Signature.

Harry’s heartbroken mum has vowed to keep his memory alive by launching Help Harry Help Others as a registered charity – devoted to helping other victims of cancer. The Sheldon schoolboy’s selfless story touched the hearts of tens of thousands of people across the globe, including many celebrities, as he helped to raise more than £700,000 for other cancer charities by selling hand-made bracelets and touring schools and businesses up and down the country.

Funds raised in his name smashed through the £1million barrier recently when Freeradio’s Walk for Harry saw more than £400,000 donated.

Visit www.harryscharityball.com or www.helpharryhelpothers.com for more information.

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