Events in Memory of Harry
The following are a number
of events and activities that took place during 2007 in Harry's
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Art Exhibition raises over £1000 for Harry
Local artists Julie Wetenhall & Sue Fawthrop were delighted to hand
over a cheque for £1,096 to Judi Mills for The Meningitis Research
Foundation, the result of a weekend Art Exhibition held in November.
The Exhibition, which was held on 23rd – 25th November featured a
wonderful array of paintings, ceramics, glass, jewellery, sculpture
and knitwear by a number of local artists including:
- Julie Wetenhall, Sue Fawthrop,
Tim Robinson (paintings)
- Sylvia Lotz (jewellery)
- Caroline Selvey (glass &
- Steve Woodbridge (sculpture)
- Sue Livesey (creative knitwear)
The event was held at Julie
Wetenhall’s Lane End home and was well supported by people
looking for something special or unique to give as Christmas
Jonny Bruce climbs Ben Nevis for Harry.
Jonny, a rugby mate of Harry’s scaled Ben Nevis and raised £335.
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Spinfield School, Harry’s Primary School, plant a tree in memory of
"Team Harry" raise over £10,000 for
Team Harry organised by Colin Edwards have raised over £10,000
(twice the target of £5,000) for Harry at sporting events.
Marlow Rowing named a scull in memory of Harry and 30 Team Harry
participants raised money in completing the arduous rowing running
and cycling courses. Jane Fruen took the prize of a bike in her age
group and kindly donated it for fund-raising at Harry’s Bash.
Marlow Half Marathon
Team Harry again raised funds on the Marlow half marathon, an
arduous course but run on a beautiful autumn day.
Harry’s Bash Raises £4000
Harry’s Bash, organised by Marlow coach John Hollingsworth with food
provided by Donato and Michele, was a night to remember. Music
featured the band Funky Custard with Harry’s mates Charlie, Ross and
Tim. They performed a song written by John called “Happy Harry”.
Harry’s mate Guy Lambert performed “I’ll See You in my dreams” with
his Ukulele. John Hollingsworth band hit the notes as everyone
danced the night away fuelled by an excellent hog roast. Marcus
Lambert produced an excellent video of the evening. If anyone would
like a copy please email Richard.
Marlow Merlins Rugby Festival
Marlow Merlins Rugby Festival was played on a sunny day in October
with teams from Marlow, Maidenhead Amersham and Chiltern. Played in
great sporting spirit the winners Newbury were presented with a
trophy to commemorate the occasion. To review the programme,
at John Hampden do the Nottingham
Marathon for Harry
As part of the ongoing fundraising efforts for the Meningitis
Research Foundation three members of John Hampden Grammar School
staff ran in the Nottingham Marathon on September 16th. Mr Ludwigsen
and Mr Wright ran the full marathon and Miss Storey the half. So far
£700 has been raised.
“On a sunny and windy day in Nottingham all three of us managed to
completed our respective races. Mr Ludwigsen finished in 3 hours 56
mins; the first time under 4 hours at this distance. Miss Storey
finished her first half in under 2 hours (1 hour 56 mins) and Mr
Wright finished in 3 hours 48 mins; another personal best. Thank you
for all your support”
Team Harry Successfully run the "Down Tow Up Flow" Challenge
Finishing the run in good time Colin Edwards comments – “Yes,
all went well on Sunday, albeit I think there were 4 people
tentatively walking around Marlow & Maidenhead after the run”. The
challenge was completed by Colin
Edwards, Steve Coleman, Richard
Minnett and Nikki
Bolsover. Colin thanks all those who sponsored the event - “it
definitely helped us get around”.
Murrell and his Family Beat the Floods on a Bike Ride for Harry
Tom, a Marlow rugby player and friend of Harry’s, raised the sum of
£2,200 (so far) for the Meningitis Research Foundation.
Read all about his epic adventure by
Have a Jeans Day for Harry
Lex Vehicle Leasing raise £800 (so far) for Harry with a Jeans day.
Many thanks to Lex, Joanne Podmore in the Manchester Office and Lucy
Hawkins (friend of Julie Murrell) in the Marlow Office.
Farriers Event Raises £7,500 for
Lucy and Billy of Handmade Shoes Ltd organise and run the annual
Farriers shoemaking competition. They had over 80 farriers competing
in 3 divisions. They kindly held an auction for Harry and The
Meningitis Research Foundation at the evening Dinner and Dance where
£7,500 was raised.
Team Harry - Four Peaks Challenge
raises £1,500 for Harry's fund
“Team Harry” kicked off with the Four
Peaks Challenge on Friday the 13th July. Well done to Nigel Banks,
Stuart Butler, Colm Farrell and David Postlethwaite who completed
the four peaks in 38 hours despite driving rain. They left a stone
on each peak in memory of Harry.
For more details of their Four Peaks Challenge
Council Award Harry Sporting Award
Marlow Town Mayor, Richard Scott presented the "Outstanding
Sportsman" award to Harry's parents and family at the mayor's
reception on June 17th. To read the Bucks Free Press article
Art at the Royal Oak - A Great Success
Jane Cowan & Julie
Wetenhall are ex-Spinfield parents and family friends. Their Art
Exhibition at the Royal Oak, Bovingdon Green, Marlow on Sunday the
15th July was a great success despite the rain. The exhibition
moved into the pub and thanks go to the many friends who visited the
exhibition. A total of £350 was raised.
ran for Harry in the Hyde Park BUPA Great Capital Run.
great friend of Jenny, (Harry’s 19 year old sister), Abbey ran in
the 10 Km Race for held on 15th July in Hyde Park. Well done to
Abbey who completed the run in 1 hour 40 minutes and raised £1240 in
memory of Harry. If you would like more details or wish to sponsor
her, please visit her Justgiving webpage by
Mufti day at
John Hampden School raises £1,843.
Pupils and Staff at Harry’s school, John Hampden Grammar,
raised £1,843 for the pleasure of wearing jeans at school. Each
participant donated £2 on the day. Donations will go to the
Meningitis Research Foundation.
Henry Wallace pupil at John
Hampden raises £50 for Harry
Henry Wallace knocked on his neighbours doors to raise funds for
Harry. A lovely thing to do in memory of Harry and thanks to him and
Bench and Trophy for Harry at Spinfield
Primary) presented a Friendship Bench to the Mills family with a
plaque “Remembering our Friend Harry Mills”. The bench has been
suitably positioned on the
School fields overlooking the
Football pitch and cricket field. The Harry Mills
Trophy was awarded to David Broughton
for his outstanding sportsmanship at
the Spinfield Sports Day on Monday 9th July. Well done David.
Frazer Worboys & Chris Carlisle
broadcast on Marlow FM for Harry.
On Saturday 23 June Frazer and Chris broadcast for an hour on Marlow
FM. Frazer as the host and friend of Harry asked Chris as one of
Harry's oldest friends what had happened to Harry. Chris explained
that Harry had died of Meningitis B and although there were vaccines
for Meningitis A & C, no one has yet been able to find one for B.
Frazer explained that the Mills family were leading fund raising for
a B vaccine and that everyone should try to help. Chris said that
many people were helping and that he ,Frazer and Aaron had raised
money providing sandwiches and cakes plus PS 3 games at Broadsystems,
so Frazer asked how others could help. Chris said that people should
go to www.harrymills.co.uk where they could give to either
Meningitis Research or the Youth Sport Trust in memory of Harry.
Marlow Youth Football Club
Marlow Youth Football Club dedicated their six-a-side tournament to
Harry. Held on 12th-13th May 2007 Harry would have played in the
competition. Richard, Judi & Marie presented the
winners of the boys u12s and girls u12s competitions with their
medals and trophies. The sum of £500 was raised which has been
donated on Harry's web site to the Youth Sports Trust.
Five Mile Run
The Marlow Keep Fitters (of which Richard, Harry’s dad, is a
member ) ran for Harry in the 5 mile Marlow race. Testament to the
success of the Keep Fit Club, all finished the race and the total
sum raised was £2,200 for the Meningitis Trust.
Left to Right Marcus Lambert, Dave Neaves, Richard Lambert, Brian
Jackson, Gareth Roblin, Colin Lavis, Tim Gibbs, Eric Armstrong, Neil
Sam Tippet, Harry’s cousin has shaved all his hair off in a sponsored
haircut. The ultimate sacrifice for Sam – the before and after
effect can be seen in the photos. A brave effort from Sam who has
raised at least £650.
& Jon Massingham (aged 11/12)
Friends of Harry’s from Fantastic Football, Beavers & Cubs and who
are now at Sir William Borlase. Liam & Jon held an 8km sponsored run
on May 7th (May Day Bank Holiday) around Marlow, Bisham & Temple and
raised over £250. Liam also gave us a wonderful hand drawn card of
Friends and opponents at many a mini rugby tournament, Teddington
RFC held a collection amongst the players & families which the club
then matched – raising a total of £700.
Marlow U13s Rugby Tour to Normandy
(May Bank Holiday Weekend)
The tour that Harry was due to accompany. The teams won the
tournament beating Stade Francais. At their end of season Awards
Presentation Barbeque, the team captains Henry Taylor & George
Harjette made a speech dedicating their impressive trophy to Harry
and presenting it to the Mills family.
To read the related article in the Bucks Free Press
Heston arranged for an autographed photograph from Harry’s football hero, Thierry Henri, and a message for Harry from Arsenal
legend, Lee Dixon.
Signed football from Spinfield friends, signed JHGS football shirt
from team mates at John Hampden, signed cricket shirt from Marlow
Park Cricket team mates, CD of photos & book of
messages from u12s Marlow Rugby Team, large photo card from school
mates at John Hampden, simultaneous church service held in Suffolk
on Thursday May 3rd for Don Stocker & family
(Mills family friends) who were unable to attend the funeral, - and
all those wonderful messages from Harry’s friends on the red
balloons, cards, poems, emails & photos.
Charlie Hollingsworth & Ross
Holdsworth (aged 12)
Charlie and Ross (aged 12) classmates at John Hampden Grammar
School (Charlie has also been a friend of Harry’s since Rugby u7s)
did a sponsored run in June to coincide with Harry’s birthday on
the 22nd. Charlie & Ross ran 10 times around the track at Wycombe
Sports Centre – a total of 4000m – which is a real challenge to
Charlie as he is more of a sprinter than long distance runner!
Charlie’s sister Elisha Hollingsworth (aged 8) did a sponsored walk
of 3 miles (from her house to Harry’s). Charlie, Ross and Elisha
raised a total of £2,671.
Our thanks to Orlando Bloom who kindly took the time to chat with
Harry’s sisters Marie and Jenny at a local pub where we bumped into
him. Cheered them up!
A great friend of Jenny, (Harry’s 19 year old sister), Abbey is in
training for the 10 Km Race for Life to be held on 15th July in Hyde
Park. If you would like more details or wish to sponsor
her, please visit her Justgiving webpage by
Harry’s girlfriend Jess drew this sporty picture in memory of Harry.
Chris Carlisle & Friends
Chris Carlisle, Fraser Worboys & Aaron Mann all RGS boys and friends
of Harry took over the offices of Broadsystems Ltd during the half
term holiday on 29th May. They sold staff croissants, sandwiches,
cakes and fruit and rented out their PS3 to the programmers for a
big office games tournament. In total they raised £150. Well done to
Emails raise £500
Pri-Med Educational Programmes Ltd raised £500 for Meningitis
Research Foundation by donating £1 for each email address that GP’s
gave them during a recent conference. Thanks to Dr Jim Kennedy for
arranging this and Pri-Med for the donation in Harry's memory.
The family would like to thank all the football and rugby teams who
held a minutes silence for Harry prior to games. Many games were
also played in Harry’s memory. We found these very moving. The
Marlow under 17’s Bucks Cup Final was played in memory of Harry. To
read the match report on the Marlow RFC website