It was a privilege to attend Help Harry Help Others Annual Charity Ball 2022 this weekend, raising funds for the local Charity. Help Harry Help Others (HHHO) support the mental well-being of cancer patients, family members, carers, work colleagues, and friends.
After a two-year postponement, due to Covid, we joined hundreds of supporters, including special celebrity guests, the charity Trustees and Ambassadors, sponsors, and of course, the vibrant Birmingham business community.
During the glittering event at Birmingham's Edgbaston Cricket Ground, we were spoilt with an impressive schedule of entertainment. This included a hilarious Donald Trump impersonator, a band of waiters serenading audience members, a comedian, speeches from the charity Ambassadors - footballer Ian Tayor and TV presenter Ben Shepherd - before finishing with live music to party into the night.
Naturally, there were opportunities to donate, with a fun, interactive 'head and tails' competition - bringing the entire audience to their feet, as well as a live auction, silent auction, and various raffles, including the chance to win a diamond bracelet.
Breaking down barriers during COVID
The ball, which was hosted by radio presenter Ed James and the voice of Midlands sport, Tom Ross, was especially poignant having been postponed for two years. In a heartfelt speech, Harry's mum and Help Harry Help Others (HHHO) Chief Executive, Georgie Moseley, discussed the difficulties Covid had presented, with families facing isolation, and the charity's fundraising efforts being hindered.
For many families who have been touched by cancer, HHHO was the only organisation to reach out to them during lockdown. HHHO is persistently removing barriers - adapting during Covid, but also, not requiring a referral or pre-arranged booking to get support - instant access is readily available, free of charge.
Why we support Help Harry Help Others
Superfast IT has supported Help Harry Help Others (HHHO) over the past ten years. We even welcomed Georgie to our offices back in 2013. P.s. Georgie - if you're reading this, you are more than welcome to visit the Superfast IT offices whenever you like!
Attending the Ball brought home what a special cause HHHO is, and why we have regularly attended the annual ball. During the evening, touching footage from Harry's video diary was played, bringing tears to the eyes of the audience.
Harry changed the lives of many people, vouched by those that knew and campaigned with him. Those include HHHO Trustee Chairman, Tom Ross, and HHHO Ambassador, Ben Shepherd - both continue to support HHHO and speak warmly of their time spent with Harry. Harry's cheeky nature, bravery, incredibly positive outlook, and entrepreneurial fundraising not only sparked the charity's inception but a legacy that remains infectious.
Harry raised more than £750,000 for Cancer Research UK while battling a brain tumour. You can not help but want to support Harry, his family, and the continued work of HHHO.
Georgie Moseley said "After missing two annual Charity balls, it was firstly lovely to have not only survived as a charity through the pandemic but to also celebrate the impact of our efforts whilst raising valuable funds for the year ahead. As well as raising much-needed funds, we hope you had the best night and enjoyed the entertainment.
"A staggering £40,000 was raised on the night from our 400 guests which will make an incredible difference as it will go straight back into helping the charity do what it does on a daily basis for cancer patients and their families/friends."
The winning ticket!
It was great to see an incredible amount of money raised on the night. And to top a wonderful evening, our table even had a winning raffle ticket. Luck was on our side, with Katherine also making a bid in their silent auction, and winning a beauty treatment.
About Help Harry Help Others
To offer cancer patients and their families and friends any support that is needed outside of treatment - all from under one roof.
In a 'home from home' environment we offer time, empathy, urgency, and understanding and help you tackle all the practical, financial, and emotional challenges you face
This service is here for patients, carers, family, friends, and work colleagues. Cancer impacts everybody, so we are here for everyone.
No one should feel isolated or face Cancer alone. We offer accessible support in the heart of the community to adults and children affected by ANY type of Cancer.
HHHO is always looking for volunteers, with roles from admin, events, and gardening to interactive roles with clients that use their Drop in Cancer Support Centre. The more volunteers they can recruit, the more of an impact the team can have on the cancer community.
Head over to HHHO website to find out ways to donate or organise your own fundraising activities.
3. Join us at next year's Annual Ball
We can not recommend an evening at Help Harry Help Others Annual enough. We had such a wonderful evening, and we would welcome clients and peers to join us next year.
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