Caring during covid-19: How you can help

Harry's Pals

In the on-going battle against COVID-19, we have had to cancel or postpone some of our most important fundraising events causing a huge shortfall in income.

These events enable us to provide vital emotional support to parents who have recently found out that their child has a life limiting illness or disability.

To do this we offer families bespoke counselling sessions and respite breaks completely free of charge. And whilst we can’t send families away at this current time and have had to sadly cancel some of the breaks we had planned we can offer therapy and counselling sessions. And believe me, this couldn’t have come at a better time for many families as they begin to feel more vulnerable and isolated than ever before having lost their support networks and respite.

We feel that now more than ever that the emotional support that Harry’s Pals offer will make such a difference to families already going through very difficult times. And we would hate to have to turn any families away due to a lack of funding.

So we’ve been looking at ways in which we can continue to raise funds whilst following government guidelines and came up with a few ideas… but please let us know if you have any other ideas to get us through this difficult time.

Virtual Exercise

THE 5K or 10K CHALLENGE

The distance is set you just need to decide how you want to conquer it.. walk, run, dance, hop? All you need to do is log your progress through a fitness tracker and send us your results with a post challenge selfie and we will send you a medal.

It costs £20 to sign up and any additional fundraising is up to you.

Or there are plenty of other online challenges that you may like to consider, perhaps you would like to take part in a virtual walk across the UK, Europe, America, or what about resurrecting that clothes horse (I mean exercise bike) and setting a target of riding 10 miles per day?

The world is your virtual oyster – download an app and ask friends and family to sponsor you, it will make such a difference at a time when help is needed the most.

Give a Regular Gift

If you can spare as little as a few pounds per month it all really does add up and will make a big difference. You can help provide regular income that isn’t affected by events being cancelled.

Get a Hair Cut

With all barbers and hairdressers closed many of us are brandishing those scissors or razors and getting ready to have a new Covid Cut. But please before you do consider donating the money that you would have spent on having a professional trim. Also please post your pictures on our Facebook page with the #harryspalshaircut. The most drastic cut will win a prize!

You may have some even better ideas but please, please support Harry’s Pals, Share this page, invite your friends to like our Helping Harry Facebook page and help us to raise awareness of our work at Harry’s Pals.

Click here to support The Helping Harry Trust – Harry’s Pals https://www.gofundme.com/f/harryspals

Thank you so much for being a valued supporter of Harry’s Pals. We hope you are all safe and well at this strange time we find ourselves in.

Hayley, Harry and everyone at The Helping Harry Trust

The Three Peaks Challenge

CHALLENGE SEEKERS WE NEED YOU!

 

We have a few places, so make 2020 the year you conquer three mountains in one day!! This is going to be a great experience not to mention achievement!!

Here are a few of the details:

Located in the Yorkshire Dales National Park lie the iconic three peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough.

Your challenge is to summit all three peaks in 12 hours with the help of leader Dan Liggins from Elite Adventures.

Your first summit of the day will see you ascend 2,227 feet to the top of Pen-y-ghent, where there will be no time to rest, as you trek on through midday and towards your second summit, Whernside, the highest peak at 2,415 feet.

Finally the afternoon will lead you on to your third and final summit, up 2,372 feet to the top of Ingleborough. With awe-inspiring views and an immense sense of achievement, you will descend back into Horton-in-Ribblesdale and the finish of your 26mile challenge.

You will receive;
– Advice on the kit you will need to take on this epic challenge
– Training tips to ensure you are in the best shape possible to go the distance
– Return transport
– A breathable trekking T-shirt to wear on the day (this can have a charity logo included on the shirt)
– A qualified mountain leader that will be with you throughout your challenge

✨All you need to do is raise a minimum of £250 for the helping Harry trust. Elite Adventures will drive you and the rest of the team and look after you every step of the way✨

YORKSHIRE THREE PEAKS CHALLENGE

What does Harry’s birthday mean to me?

Next week is Harry’s birthday… Aww I hear you think? Wow how is he four already? Normal kind of thoughts – I should be thinking. 

The truth is, I’m not – I’m panicking and this makes me feel sad. I’m thinking tonnes of tiny little thoughts. Just little blips in my head as the day goes on. I don’t want him to be four – he’s getting too big, how will we manage? This is really the pits that I’m changing his nappies at four… but don’t moan now (sheer panic) this is just going to get even more difficult.

Then I’ll be telling myself off – but at least he’s here. At least you get to see his gorgeous smiling face everyday, but it’s hard – it’s bloody hard. With every birthday comes an intense period of reflection. 

Harry turning four also kind of really confirms in a way that this is what Harry will be like for the rest of his life. And we as parents just need to get on board with it and do our best. Suck up the juxtaposition of what life should have been like, what watching him open his presents might have felt like and just try and enjoy the Harry we have now. Try and make the most of what we’ve got. And sometimes that feels impossible.

The thing is I never wanted to be a nurse, or a Carer, an administrator, an occupational therapist, a physiotherapist, play therapist, coordinator or advocate for my child but here I am. Being a mum to Harry is completely not what I had in mind and a million miles away from what it should’ve been. It not about shaping him into a person who could be let loose on society in the future, it’s more about living completely day by day to make sure Harry has the most comfortable, healthy and happy life he can have right now. 

It’s been hard to figure out what to get harry for his birthday – he doesn’t enjoy toys, instead he enjoys cuddles and tickles, us time. So for this birthday we’re taking Harry to Centre parcs to try and find some moments of just being parents to Harry. Those moments when he smiles and we know he’s truly with us, because he is and that after four years and what he’s gone through is amazing and worth celebrating.

Happy birthday to the bravest boy in the world – my Harry.

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Cycle for Harry 2019

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Sunday 7th July 9am – 12pm

Is cycling your thing? Fancy a challenge this year? Motivation to get fit?

Breeze Instructor Saffron is kindly leading a 40 mile cycle in Northants ( hilly Daventry area!) on 7th July to raise essential funds for Harry. There will be three groups (novice, intermediate and experienced) led by professional cycling instructors – so all abilities can enter, but be prepared for some hills!!

We will provide refreshments and medals at the end for all who participate.
It’s £25 to register and a commitment to raise additional £75. Every single penny will go to three year old severely disabled Harry! ( supporting weekly physio costs)
There will be a really good prize for the person who raises most sponsor money!

Please share with any cyclists you know and let’s get this booked up for Harry 👍

More details to follow.

Email thehelpingharrytrust@gmail.com to book your spot.

9am novice cyclists start
930am intermediate cyclists start
945 experienced cyclists start

Starting and finishing in Newnham (Northamptonshire)

 

EVENT: Famous American Musicians play concert for Harry

The Rotary Club of Danetre Daventry have pulled it out of the bag and managed to convince multi-talented singer and songwriters; Jesse Terry, Michael Logen AND Lizanne Knott to play a one-off Nashville-style concert in Daventry for our Harry. And we’re sooooo excited!!

On Saturday 27thOctober these talented artists will play a mixture of melodic folk and country songs at The Daventry Working Men’s Club that will make for a fantastic evening for all; and it’s all in aid of Harry.

Having found out about Harry, The Rotary were keen to help out and have pulled all of the strings to organise an evening of entertainment that will blow your socks off! All profits raised on the night will go directly to Harry’s on-going care, treatment and equipment.

If you would like to buy tickets please go to http://www.danetre-rotary.org.uk . Doors open at 18:30. Tickets are priced at £15 each. To find out more about Harry please go to http://www.thehelpingharrytrust.com. Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis.