The Steve Harris (SHY) Memorial Fund is raising funds for The Brain Tumour Charity in his memory.
Apart from being an exemplary husband who left me a legacy of love and integrity, Steve was the founder member, guitarist and songwriter and creative genius behind AOR rock band SHY. In over 25 years, Steve has written and recorded 13 albums, toured the World and been signed to two major record labels.
Steve was a lovely guy and no one has ever or could say a bad word about him. He has left a legacy of awesome music and is loved Worldwide. I have always been proud of my husband's achievements, but the stoic way in which he dealt with his illness....never once complaining, dealing with the devastating events that were thrown at him one after the other, his strength and dignity, his constant smile and positivity and never once losing his hilarious sense of humour.... makes me proudest of all. Steve was the perfect gentleman, extremely private and oh so humble....the kind of man you only dream of meeting and I was blessed to spend 27 years of my life with him.
He was also tee total, had never smoked and had been fit and healthy his entire life when suddenly in June 2009, at the age of 44, he was diagnosed with a GBM brain tumour and given just weeks to live. It all started with tiredness followed by the onset of headaches, but Steve being Steve, nothing held him back and for several months he continued with his normal daily life.
Apart from feeling tired (which we all do from time to time) he was just 'Steve'...however the headaches were increasing and we had discussed that a visit to a Doctor might be in order.
He was actually working up until the day before he was diagnosed and this was the first time he wasn't quite himself, but still nothing that rang alarm bells, just worn out from working hard, or so I thought. The following morning, Steve again got himself ready for work and told me he'd been sick - I refused to let him go.
A local Doctor agreed to see him (Steve didn't have a Doctor, his last visit was as a child!). The Doctor found his observations to be spot on, but offered a referral to hospital for a scan if he wished her to do so.....what an awesome Doctor! Steve said he wanted to go - and that night our World fell apart. He'd suffered a small bleed (reason he was sick) and had a huge bi-frontal mass – he was admitted to hospital immediately and three days later was in theatre for craniotomy / debaulking surgery.
Radiotherapy and chemotherapy followed as did life threatening seizures along with dozens of other cruel twists, but Steve never stopped smiling and was completely selfless, his only concern in all this was for me.
He spent months at a time in hospital and when at home I nursed him single handedly. We were and always have been 'A Team'. Due to Steve's strong body and unbreakable mind he lived for 2 years and 4 months with this crippling illness and passed away peacefully in October 2011.
I promised Steve he wouldn't die in vain and the first thing I did was to change my middle name to Steve by deed poll on what would have been his 47th birthday, so where I go he goes.
Steve wanted to help others randomly struck down by high grade brain tumours, as I did too.....and so here we are. We have no family, but we do have some amazing friends and between us we are raising funds for research into Glioblastoma Multiforme so that one day the cause and the cure can be found.
I saw first hand the cruel and outrageous effects of GBM and if the Steve Harris (SHY) Memorial Fund can make just a small contribution in The Charity's mission to help others, we'll accomplish what we've set out to do.
The Steve Harris (SHY) Memorial Fund supports The Brain Tumour Charity in many different ways.
Steve & Deb's eBay auctions (July 2010 - January 2011) raised £36.69
26.8 mile Birmingham Canal Canter September 2011 completed by close friend and number 1 SHY fan (probably!) Steven Craven raised £670.00
10k BUPA Great Yorkshire Run October 2011 completed by good friends David & Vicki Tait raised £423.09
Collection Tin held by local Post Office has so far raised £192.66 (October 2010 - April 2013) (January 2014) (January 2015) (July 2015) (December 2015)
Cheque donation sent directly to Brain Tumour UK January 2012 by special friend Keith Dudley £100.00
Inskip Half Marathon January 2012 completed by good friend David Tait raised £155.00
The Three Amoebas and Friends gig at The Asylum Venue Sunday, 6th May 2012 (and HT-5R Combo Amp raffle prize kindly donated by Blackstar Amplification) raised £806.45...amazing night, amazing people. Special thanks to Phil Docker, Ian Danter, Nigel Joiner, Steve Marks, Ian Kay, Keith Dudley, Roy & Jaci Davis
Free Radio Walkathon Sunday, 13th May 2012 completed by Steve's friend and work colleague Jane Dickinson (now a fabulous friend to me) raised £340.00
Tough Mudder (a hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle course designed by British Special Forces) completed on Sunday, 15th July 2012 by four amazing people: Steven Craven, Allan Fleming, Moria Dineley and Thomas McCorrie, raised the fabulous sum of £615.00
Collection tin held by Madhouse Rehearsals / The Asylum Venue Birmingham raised £198.67 (October 2012) (April 2013) and (January 2015)
The marvelous Halloween pumpkin carving by Keith Dudley raised the fantastic sum of £635.00 that was handed over in person to the Charity on Thursday, 1st November 2012 (October 2012)
Collection tin held by The Station Pub, Kings Heath has so far raised £209.51 (February 2013) (December 2013) (May 2014) (June 2015)
Cash donation sent directly to The Brain Tumour Charity by my rock chick buddy Lisa Billingham £10.00 (March 2013)
Collection tin held by Johnstans family butcher, Kings Heath has so far raised £37.00 (April 2013) (June 2015)
Collection tin held by PIZZAS R US raised £16.38 (April 2013)
Rockers Serpentine have raised the fantastic amount of £305.00 at Hard Rock Hell with their bucket collection and raffle...well done and thanks guys....you're all stars, in more ways than one! (April 2013)
Collection tin held by The Crown Pub, Kings Heath raised £111.90 (May 2013) (August 2013) (March 2014) (August 2014)
Collection tin held by The Plough Pub, Harborne has so far raised £316.47 (May 2013) (October 2013) (May 2014) (October 2014) (May 2015)
Collection tin held by Zebs Supermarket, Billesley has so far raised £192.44 (July 2013) (September 2013) (December 2013) (April 2014) (July 2014) (October 2014) (February 2015) (June 2015) (November 2015)
'A TRIBUTE TO STEVE HARRIS - SHY' (a concert performed in Steve's honour and memory by his band mates) raised £3,279.69 (19th July 2013)
The online auction organised by Keith Dudley that coincided with Steve's Tribute Show raised £1,300.00 (July / August / September 2013)
Collection tin held by Evergreen Pharmacy, Billesley has so far raised £105.15 (August 2013) (April 2014) (September 2015)
Sale of Steve Harris t-shirts (in addition to the £250.50 worth sold at his Tribute show) £11.80 (August 2013)
Collection tin held by The Kitchen Garden Shop, Kings Heath has so far raised £34.17 (October 2013) (June 2015)
Keith Dudley has again carved some awesome Halloween pumpkins and has raised the fantastic sum of £525.00....thank you so much Keith, you will always be The Pumpkin King and so very special to me (October 2013)
Blackstar Amp signed by Billy Gibbons of ZZ TOP (part of the online auction organised by Keith Dudley that coincided with Steve's Tribute Show) has raised £700.00 - MASSIVE thanks to Keith for his hard work and continuous support (November 2013)
2 lots of 4 CD's donated by AOR Blvd Records featuring artists on their label has raised £45.00 (of which £25.00 was paid to The Charity via JustGiving) with a further matched charity donation of £25.00 by GE Foundation....thank you Ray Bennett. Sincere thanks to Paul Mitch Rudland and Kelv Hellrazer for donating the CD's and for their kind support (December 2013)
Collection tin held by The Queens Hotel, Newbury has so far raised £27.27. With thanks to my friend Tom Hayes for his kindness in organising this (April 2014)
9 CD's by AOR Blvd Records of David A Saylor's new album 'Strength Of One' which features a cover version of 'Why Does Our Love Have To End' written by Steve and dedicated to him has raised £109.26. With thanks once again to Paul Mitch Rudland and Kelv Hellrazer for their kindness and generosity (May 2014)
Collection tin held by Waddams Opticians, Hall Green raised £12.44 (May 2014).
Collection tin held by Alexa Hair & Beauty, Shirley has so far raised £7.42 (June 2014)
Steven Craven, his son Ross & friend Thomas Cairney raised £691.25 when they competed in 'The Tough Mudder Scotland' on Sunday, 15th June - guys you are so kind, courageous and mad! Thank you so very much (June 2014)
Collection tin held by fur kids Alice & Lucy Harris has so far raised £36.19 (July 2014) (December 2015)
Collection tin held by Domestiks, Stirchley raised £103.63. With thanks to Karen Docker for her kindness in organising this (August 2014) and (August 2015)
5 CD's donated by AOR BLVD Records of the recently released PUSH UK album 'Future Into The Past' has raised £66.00. Thank you Paul Mitch Rudland and Kelv Hellrazor for doing this for a third time and for your continued support (September 2015)
My good friend Mary Hollings who chose to have a collection box at her 70th birthday party in lieu of personal gifts has donated £50.00 to Steve's Memorial Fund, she is one of life's living Angel's for the kindness and compassion she shows to others...thanks so much Mary (November 2015)
A DVD of unseen footage of SHY performing live in 1988 has raised the fantastic sum of £375.80. My sincere thanks to friends Steve Russell who filmed these shows and who donated the footage and to Rob Billingham of Bilibee Creative Ltd for putting the DVD package together and of course fans of Steve and SHY who supported my fundraiser......couldn't have achieved this with out you guys, it's been awesome......THANK YOU so much (November 2015)
Collection tin held by The Nag's Head in Newbury has raised £53.81. With thanks once again to friend and SHY fan Tom Hayes for organising this...you rock Tom! (December 2015)