Harry Smith has achieved something incredible at the age of just 12. He won the Young Fundraiser of the Year at this year’s JustGiving Awards after not only raising a huge amount of money for us, but also raising awareness of brain tumours.
This was all in memory of his younger sister Emily who was diagnosed with a diffuse midline glioma when she was eight years old.
Emily’s diagnosis came in July 2022 after feeling ‘unusual’ and having weakness on her right side just a few days before. Emily was referred to hospital where she had an MRI which revealed the tumour in her brain. She sadly died just 11 days later.
Diffuse midline gliomas are one of the most common types of brain tumour in children. Currently there is no cure – something we are determined to change.
To honour Emily, Harry completed several difficult challenges to raise money and help accelerate a cure. This included activities that him and Emily loved to do: swimming, hiking and bike riding.
Harry swam a mile, climbed Scafell Pike and cycled the 75km from Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge to his home in St. Albans – the journey home his sister was not able to make.
Harry Smith Young Fundraiser of the Year!
Harry was one of three incredible finalists for this award.
With his speech written on the back of a photo of Emily, Harry said:
Gina Almond, Head of Fundraising at The Brain Tumour Charity said:
“Harry is just incredible. Not only has he raised a huge amount of money for The Charity, but he has also achieved an enormous amount at such a young age and raised so much awareness about brain tumours.
“The challenges he has completed have been inspirational and he is a worthy winner of this award. Well done Harry – on behalf of everyone at The Brain Tumour Charity!”