brmb Walkathon re-named Walk for Harry
The brmb annual fundraising Walkathon has been renamed this year in tribute to an inspirational fundraiser.
The bravery of Harry Moseley is remembered as he tirelessly raised funds for Cancer Research while battling his own brain cancer touched everyone’s hearts.
The walk, on May 13th, will raise funds for two charities intimately connected to Harry. One will support the brain tumour research project being led at Birmingham Children’s Hospital by Harry’s consultant Dr. Andrew Peet. The other project is the refurbishment of Acorns Children’s Hospice in Selly Oak where Harry spent a few days in a special bedroom until his funeral, after sadly passing away. All funds raised will be split between the two charities.
In the past two years, brmb’s Walkathons have raised £650,000 for QE and Birmingham Children’s Hospitals. This year, brmb aim to recruit ten thousand listeners to pull on their walking boots and tackle the 26 mile route around the outer perimeter of the city.
The picture shows Phil Riley at the launch held at Marco Pierre White’s Restaurant at The Cube in Birmingham, where brmb presenters were joined by Harry’s mother Georgina, Dr. Andrew Peet and David Strudley, Chief Executive of Acorns Children’s Hospice.
brmb Chief Executive, Phil Riley said; “We are very proud that working closely with Georgina Moseley, Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Acorns we are able to stage “Walk for Harry”. This event will not only raise significant funds for both causes but it will also demonstrate how special Harry was to the people of Birmingham. brmb listeners have, through the years, shown their generosity and commitment to raising funds for locally based charities that specifically support local people. “Walk for Harry” will not only be a fun and exciting day but will, I am sure, reinforce our belief that as a community we literally are prepared to go that extra mile to help others.”
Other Orion Media stations will be staging fundraising walks in 2012. Mercia in Coventry & Warwickshire will holding its Walk of Warwickshire, raising funds for UHCW Baby Care Appeal. Beacon will be staging its Walk of the Black Country, raising funds for Promise Dreams, who help terminally ill children in and around Wolverhampton and the Black Country and Wyvern will be launching The Walk of Worcestershire for the first time, raising funds for Acorns Children’s Hospice in Worcester.
In total, the four stations, soon all to be rebranded “Free Radio” hope to raise over £500,000 for their locally selected Midlands based children’s charities.