2018 was a momentous year for Help Harry Help Others charity (HHHO) – and it has high hopes for the new year.
To mark Harry Moseley’s 18th birthday the charity opened a cancer support centre.
Following a land regeneration scheme and having to relocate the Drop In Cancer centre, the team finally secured the future for HHHO and the 17 services it offers on site to support adults and children affected by cancer.
The building was opened by Ambassador Ben Shephard on Harry’s birthday last February.
There was also a royal visit from the Duke of York, Prince Andrew, who flew in to Birmingham just to come and see the HHHO Drop in Cancer Centre.
HHHO was the creation of inspirational Sheldon youngster Harry Moseley, who died in 2011 at the age of just 11 after a four-year battle with a brain tumour.
During his brave battle Harry began selling bracelets to raise money for Cancer Research UK – raising over £750,000 through bracelet sales and gaining the backing of many high-profile celebrities.
When Harry passed away his heartbroken mum Georgie and a team of friends took up the baton in his honour to maintain and grow Help Harry Help Others to help children and their families battling cancer.
Harry’s mum and founder of HHHO, Georgie, said: “I am very excited for 2019 as we will have better structure within HHHO.
“Still a tiny team of three, we struggle with time to not only offer the best service but to keep out and about to keep the pennies coming in as without that, we cannot do what we do and have a daily impact on peoples lives.
“We have a new director of services starting that will operationally run the centre day to day.
“Our biggest focus for next year is to expand our volunteers and make our services the best they can be.”
She added the charity is also aiming to to make people more aware of what’s available for young children and teenagers that are affected by cancer.
HHHO already runs a one-to-one emotional, support service, professional counselling but it wants to invest more time in this and will start to run a weekly ‘Time4Teens’ group for young patients, carers and siblings.
Georgie added: “On top of this I aim to expand our HHHO Well Being Cancer Academies.
“We piloted our first three-day programme in October for carers.
“This has already had such an impact on carers lives that attended that I now wish to prepare them for patients, Parents of children that have cancer, young carers, bereaved people and friends.
“Everyone’s emotions are so different and we need to address their individual experiences.”
They will also be reaching out more to the black and ethnic minority groups and be running specific groups and sessions for them.
Georgie said: “Overall we will be continuing to support the emotional, physical and mental wellbeing of cancer patients, their families, carers and their friends.
“With cancer diagnoses on the increase we will continue to offer free accessible support with everything outside of treatment that a family may need. All of the services are available from under one roof in a homely setting.
“I wish you all at Solihull Observer, and your readers a very happy and healthy new year.
“Lets all make 2019 a year to remember.”