Birmingham Walkathon to return in September in honour of Harry Moseley

Birmingham Walkathon is set to return this year honouring the life of local boy Harry Moseley

The charity which honours the life of Birmingham boy Harry Moseley has announced it is bringing the popular 26-mile walk back to the city on September 11 following a nine-year hiatus.

Harry, from Sheldon, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2007 and passed away aged 11 in October of the same year.

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He sold homemade bracelets and raised more than £500,000 for his Help Harry Help Others (HHHO) campaign as well as Cancer Research UK.

The Walkathon began in 1983, before taking an 18-year break between 1994 and 2012, and when it returned, it was renamed in memory of Harry.

The HHHO Charity has continued Harry’s work, now with the HHHO Cancer Centre in Birmingham where support and guidance given to those battling cancer.

Harry’s mother Georgie Moseley said: “We are so excited to be bringing back a beloved Birmingham institution.

“When the event returned in 2012 and was named in honour of Harry, it meant a lot to us because it is something which fits in with what we stand for; bringing people and communities together in a positive environment to support the charities and organisations who do so much for our loved ones.

“So much has changed in the world since then, but we believe the time is right to bring the Walkathon back and get the people of Birmingham excited again.”

The exact route of the Walkathon has not been announced, but organisers have said it will follow the number 11 bus route as 2022 marks the 11th anniversary of Harry’s passing.

David Bagley and Georgie Moseley ahead of the 2022 Birmingham Walkathon

David Bagley, who helped launch the initial Walkathon, is supporting the HHHO team with the event’s return.

He said: “I am delighted that the Birmingham Walkathon is returning at such an exciting time for a city. It is really going to bring our communities together for a range of good causes.

“We would love to hear people’s stories regarding their experience with the Walkathon over the years as we start the countdown to this year’s event.”

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