Harry’s Ball 2018

Join us for an unforgettable evening at Mercure Daventry Court Hotel and Spa on Saturday 22nd September, 7pm until 1am.

During the evening there will be a drinks reception, three course meal, auction, disco and live band. It really is going to be a fun filled, wonderful night,

Tickets are £45 per person. Ticket sales will go directly towards life prolonging and enhancing care, treatment and equipment for three year old Harry Charlesworth. Bookings of 10 people will receive a discounted rate. Email thehelpingharrytrust@gmail.com to buy tickets


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Thanks to Experience Days

This month, we’d like to say a big thanks to the team at Experience Days for donating a fantastic auction prize to us!

It’s going to go towards fundraising for much-needed care and support for little Harry. Thank you so much! And thanks to all of Harry’s Pals who support The Helping Harry Trust, we’re grateful for every single one of you.

If you’re inspired by their generosity and want to see how you can help, you’ll find more info on our Get Involved page, or you can always get in touch so we can have a chat.

EVENT: Saddle Up for Harry 2018

The Helping Harry Trust is urging horse lovers of all abilities to jump in the saddle in a bid to raise precious funds for Harry Charlesworth.

Riders of all ages are being invited to take part in the event, which will be held on Saturday 14 July at Park Farm Equestrian & Chasers.

On the day, participants will be given the option of two routes – either 3 miles or 8.5 miles – with lots of optional jumps, making it perfect for people of all abilities.

The sponsored ride is to raise much-needed funds for The Helping Harry Trust. Harry has significant health problems having suffered extensive strokes at birth. He has cerebral palsy and other complex needs. Please visit the trust’s Facebook page to learn more about Harry’s story.

The venue is situated near the boundaries of Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Leicestershire within easy reach from the M1 (junctions 18 and 20), the M6 and A14, near the towns of Market Harborough, Lutterworth and Rugby.

There is limited availability so we are only taking bookings in advance and not on the day. Spaces are already getting booked up. Please secure your place by contacting Julie Doyle on julie.doyle@hotmail.co.uk

As well as entry prices going to the trust, we would love it if riders would seek charitable donations if they so wish. There is a prize for the most raised. You can find Harry’s GoFundMe page here: https://www.gofundme.com/2ptcczw

And make sure you tell us you’re coming on our Saddle Up Facebook events page.

With thanks to Equesure (equine insurance specialists) who have sponsored the event we are now able to make sure that every penny from ticket sales goes to Harry!! https://www.equesure.co.uk/

Entry prices:
£25 adults and £10 children

EVENT: Helping Harry Walking Club

Lots of people have expressed their interest in starting a 2018 walking club for Harry. The walks will be around 10k across beautiful countryside … and we will always make sure that there is food at the end!!

The dates I have in mind are:

Spring walk – Saturday 31st March (burn off some Easter eggs!)
Summer Walk – Saturday 1st July (soak up some rays)
Autumn Walk – Saturday 13th October (kick up some leaves)
December Walk – Saturday 29th December (walk off the Christmas pud!)

Each walk will be a minimum sponsorship or donation of £15pp, however we will be giving a prize to whoever raises the most money on each walk!!

For the March walk I would be very grateful if you could please encourage at least one more person to come along as I’ve been informed that 100 walkers wearing purple (to raise awareness of paediatric stroke) should do it – no pressure! So please forward share this event or tag a friend.

Please at this point can you go to our Facebook event page to confirm dates that you think you could make. All walks will take place in Northamptonshire countryside and will run in the morning. I really hope that you can join us!

My Coast to Coast experience

By Nicky Taylor

I’m definitely not the fittest person in the world, but I do like a challenge! I’d tackled my first mud run in 2016 and wondered what I could do in 2017. That’s when I saw Harry’s Trust were offering places to cycle the Coast to Coast route. A whopping 156 miles, over the Lake District and Pennines from White Haven to Tynemouth. No mean feat for the fittest of people, but for someone who’s never cycled more than 5 miles, it was going to be a definite challenge! Despite this, I signed myself up and talked 3 friends into doing it with me! So with just 3 months until we took on the ride, I started my training in earnest. My first bike ride – 3 times around Draycote water. Largely because I’d not been on a bike for years and it’s nice and flat! So much to get used to – riding again, gears, hills!

The four of us spent most of the summer together, cycling for hours and hours. We cycled up and down Newnham hill god knows how many times, in an attempt to hill train. I actually got off on my first down hill descent as I was scared witless of the speed! But with the support of our C2C team and regular rides, I gained in confidence. My riding improved extremely quickly and I went from riding 5 miles to easily riding 40 miles within a couple of months. Finally the day arrived for us to travel up to White Haven where our adventure would begin.

To say I was nervous would be an understatement. Could I actually even do this? Cycle 156 miles over bigger hills than we’d attempted in training and longer back to back rides than I’d ridden before? I’d been really poorly the week before we were due to start and my energy levels were zapped. I didn’t sleep much the night before we started, but I was doing this, no matter what. I’m not going to lie – the first day I found really tough. We’d ridden up Whinlatter Pass in the morning, an extremely steep climb and come lunch time I was emotional and exhausted. I had to dig deep and my thoughts turned to Harry. I thought about what that little boy has been through in his short life and reminded myself exactly why I was doing this. With the encouragement of my team mates (and lots of energy gels!), I finished the first day.To say I felt truly proud of myself was an understatement. I knew at that point that I would complete this.

The second day was tough, lots and lots of climbing, but it was also a day of milestones. First one was making it half way across the country and the second making it to the highest point of our trip. It was all down hill from here! Day three was fantastic. There are 2 big climbs in the morning, but for the last 30 odd miles it was literally down hill. And I was off! There was no stopping me! Chomping at the bit to get to the finish! Reaching The end and seeing the sea at Tynemouth was quite simply incredible. I can safely say that this experience was one of the best I have ever done. There were tears and much laughter. I accomplished goals I’d never dreamed of before. I made it across the country by pedal power – ME!!

If you are thinking about a challenge for 2018, then try the Coast to Coast and do it for Harry. I am immensely proud of our team. It isn’t easy – but then it wouldn’t be a challenge. But if I can do it, then anyone can! We got to see some amazing scenery, truly beautiful. It was an adventure I will never ever forget.