21st Oct, 2016

Georgie Moseley takes on 16 challenges to honour Harry's 16th birthday.

Aisling Kiely 25th Sep, 2016 Updated: 4 hours ago

GEORGIE Moseley is in the middle of 16-challenge fundraising mission to honour what would have been her late son Harry’s 16th birthday this year.

Harry Moseley died in 2011 at the age of just 11 after a brave four-year battle with brain cancer.

But during that time he did all he could to help other people – setting up the Help Harry Help Others charity, which his mum and loved ones continue to run in his name and memory.

The charity has seen Georgie and supporters carrying in Harry’s good work and raising thousands of pounds in the process.

But the brave mum’s 16 challenges are an even more personal tribute to her inspirational son.

So far Georgie has put herself through the paces – abseiling down Northampton tower, taking part in 16-hour rollerskate-a-thon and embracing the mud during The Wolf Run just to name a few.

Speaking to The Observer, Georgie said: “I came up with #Challenge16 to honour what would have been Harry’s 16th birthday.

“As a mum I couldn’t let it pass without doing something and after all he went through I wanted to push myself to the limits.

“I was originally only supposed to be doing one event on his birthday and wanted to inspire others to do their own fundraising event throughout 2016.

“But the 16-hour rollerskating event pushed me to do more and I’ve decided to climb Snowdon blindfolded, take on the world’s longest zip wire and bite the bullet to bungee jump over Tamworth Lakes.”

As part of the mind-over-matter challenges, Georgie visited Stetchford Police under the pretence she was having a regular meeting with an officer.

But she was taken by surprise when off-duty officers put her in handcuffs as part of a spoof arrest.

Under Sergeant Julie Roger’s watchful eye, Georgie was locked away in one of the station’s un-used cells.

Whilst under lock and key, regular updates were posted on twitter – using #freegeorgie and #challenge16 – to encourage people to donate and ‘bail’ her out.

She served her time and was released after three hours – raising over £500 for the HHHO charity.

Safe and sound, she added: “I can’t say a police cell is the nicest place I have stayed and wouldn’t want to do again but it was all for a good cause.

“I am really grateful to West Midlands Police for allowing this to happen and to everyone who donated.”

So far, George has raised £4,500 with the hope of raising over £10,000 for HHHO Drop In Cancer Support Centre.

Harry’s brave mum still has a further 11 challenges ahead of her and is looking for weird and wacky ideas.

If anyone has any ideas or would like to join to Georgie on the event, contact georgie@hhho.org.uk