The Harriet Downing Fund

#harryshelpers are raising funds for The Brain Tumour Charity

Harry's Helpers

Our older sister and bestest friend was diagnosed with a primary high-grade brain tumour at the beginning of May 2017 at just 27 years old. After Harry's surgery to remove part of the tumour, she faced six and a half weeks of daily chemo and radiotherapy with such fierce bravery and positivity. Following this, she then endured further chemotherapy for another six months. Harry is now in remission, back at work and living a normal life!

In true Harry style, she has remained decidedly upbeat over the last year which has in turn kept all of us more positive too. We initially decided to raise money for the Brain Tumour Charity in order to focus our energy on something positive and help others going through this. We couldn't believe the lack of funding for research into brain tumours and we hope that the money we raise will go in some way to helping develop new treatments and fund support for those affected.

In order to raise money our wonderful family and friends (#harryshelpers) participated in a series of events and agreed to run, cycle, bake, drink, sing and generally be awesome in order to help this amazing cause. Below is a list of the events we have held so far.

  • Charlie, Emily and Dave ran the Worthing triathlon
  • Celia ran the Hexham half marathon
  • Harri hosted a treasure hunt/pub crawl in London
  • Charlie and Jack ran the Hvar half marathon
  • Our family hosted a rounders tournament and raffle
  • Alex and Euan cycled the Manchester 100
  • Nicky, Jess and Ollie ran the Royal Parks half marathon
  • Lizzie and Katherine ran the Wimbledon half marathon
  • Nicola, Enneka and Harri hosted a prosecco and bake sale
  • Henry, Louisa and Lucy organised a carol concert at All Saints Church in Fulham
  • Angus, Izzy and Lorna ran the Robin Hood half marathon
  • Lots of family and friends took part in the Windsor Twilight walk
  • Izzy ran the Hackney half marathon
  • George and Juliet hosted and performed at a charity gig
  • We hosted a Black Tie Charity Auction

The Brain Tumour Charity has become close to our hearts and we are planning many more events over the next few years in order to help raise more money for research as well as awareness for this terrible disease.

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