The Birmingham-based Help Harry Help Others cancer charity has reached another milestone in its efforts to help find a cure for brain cancer, by donating its millionth pound to The Brain Tumour Research Group, led by Dr Andrew Peet at the University of Birmingham and Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
A cheque for £17,999 plus a single £1 coin was presented to Dr Peet, making up the million, at the charity’s annual fundraising ball in March.
Georgie Moseley set up the charity to continue the extraordinary efforts of her son Harry, who himself had raised £1.2m during his treatment for a brain tumor. Harry made money from making and selling colourful bracelets which, along with his infectious enthusiasm and positive attitude to his condition, captured the imagination of the public and celebrities across the country, contributing to his fundraising success.
Harry died at the age of 11 but his legacy has continued to grow. Georgie said: “Harry’s determination to help people and to make things better led to the charity we have today, which aims to do three things: Help Cope, Help Care and Help Cure.
“Around 1,550 children are diagnosed with cancer each year in the UK, a quarter of them with brain tumours. Our mission is continue to do what Harry began: to find a cure. But until then we want to make a difference wherever we can.”
Since becoming a registered charity in 2012, Help Harry Help Others has gone from strength to strength. As well as raising £1 million, the organisation now has a dedicated drop in cancer support centre and has even funded new facilities and equipment at Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, Solihull Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.
Georgie added: “The support given to us by the public has allowed us to provide a variety of the practical and emotional services to more than 1,000 families who find that they never imagined they would need in a time of crisis.
“Our emotional support counselling for patients and their families is one of the most requested services. When people realise they need emotional help they are usually at rock bottom before they visit their GP. From there it can take several weeks before they get seen by a counsellor. With us, a client is listened to the same day they come to see us, and are then fast tracked to their first formal session within days.”
People do not need a GP referral to access the services provided by Help Harry Help Others, they can telephone, find information online or just call in to the cancer centre which supports adults and children affected by any type of cancer during office hours.
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