A wonderful, laughter-filled and moreover successful afternoon at Kingshurst Pavilion saw the Blues Collective raise thousands of pounds in aid of Help Harry Help Others. We had a rather one-sided football match between ex-Birmingham City players and the fans, five bands playing music into the afternoon, we even had a man drink sweat, and all in the memory of one, incredible boy.
Birmingham born Harry Moseley battled inoperable brain cancer, but in an attempt to help the future lives of others who also suffered from this, he started out making bracelets to raise money and awareness for brain cancer research. Even since his sad passing, the charity has carried on in his name and continued to blossom. Help Harry Help Others now has a place in the hearts of everyone who has heard of the wonderful cause.
In the morning, we had a football match with the likes of Dele Adebola, Martin O’Connor and Lee Carsley taking to the field against a group of fans managed by the one and only Tom Ross. With a final score of 7-2, the legends proved they still had some of the old ‘magic’, although the fans did manage to secure a 2-2 draw in the second half period.
Then came the music and Paul Collins, known by many as Gabbie Cabbie, compered the night. There was tunes from the rapidly developing The Establishment, playing their new single ‘Jennifer Jones’. Fittingly, Hayley Louise Brookes sang her beautiful song ‘Make It Happen’, written by herself in tribute of Harry Moseley, before The Colour Six rounded off the night with some feel-good numbers.
Throughout the music, a dedicated cyclist riding more than 10 miles on a stationary bike was given plenty of encouragement from the crowd, led by Colour Six. And, in a bid to raise a final sum for the cause, one alcohol-induced man agreed to drink a glass full of his squeezed, sweat-dripping T-Shirt, knowing that his boldness would raise a further £120. Some mouthwash required later, perhaps.
All in all a great day of laughs, music, and football, as everyone came together for a wonderful cause. Thanks on behalf of everyone to Adrian Howell and Paul Collins, who did a lot of the work, to all the bands and footballers for their contributions, to Kingshurst Pavilion for their support of the event, and to everyone who showed up and made it happen. This annual event is only ever going to get bigger, and bring in more money for Help Harry Help Others. Same time next year?
By Gabriel Sutton
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