Next on board were 25 children from the Hamstead Hall Academy Inclusive Play Scheme. They all had great fun playing with their Pride of Britain flags and performing dances outside the bus. We were particularly impressed with their ‘Whip Nae Nae’ routine. Check out Snapchat for all the impressive moves! Thank you to TSB for providing amazing goodie bags for the children to delve into – they loved them.
Radio and TV presenter Jenni Falconer joined us next to encourage people to get their nominations in for the ITV's Fundraiser of the Year Award. She told us “The Pride of Britain Awards celebrate local heroes. This is not about celebrities who have done a brilliant movie and have been paid a fortune to look good on film. This is about real people who have done real things, who are our heroes in our community and this is what we want to celebrate”.
We want to hear from you if you know an individual who's aged 16 or over that's done an inspirational job raising funds for a good cause. Maybe they work tirelessly to fundraise or perhaps they've overcome personal difficulties to help others by fundraising. Jenni added “We are celebrating young people, old people, a whole wide variety of people who have done remarkable things”.
Our first nomination of the day was musician Mike Davis who wanted to recognise his wife Sylvia for all the hard work that she puts into encouraging others to find higher education courses.
Former Miss England and TV personality Danielle Lloyd joined us next with her fabulous sons Archie, Harry and George. We also had the pleasure of welcoming the inspirational Georgie Mosley founder of the
HelpHarryHelpOthers Cancer Charity in memory of her son Harry who died of brain cancer in 2011. Harry was an incredibly brave young man who made it his aim to help others with brain cancer. Within a space of just two years Harry had organised and attended nearly 100 events to raise money and awareness of brain cancer.
Georgie told us “It will be five years in October since Harry passed, but his work still lives on. He’s helped thousands of families. Last year I opened Birmingham’s first drop-in cancer support centre in Harry’s legacy. We miss him terribly, and it’s for that reason we carry on”.
The Birmingham Drop In Cancer Support Centre has been created based on the Moseley’s own journey with cancer and aims to offer every type of support required outside of treatment. The centre offers a ‘home from home’ environment to patients and anyone touched by any type of cancer. Outside of hospital treatment people often feel quite isolated and vulnerable and sometimes need extra support because of how the cancer diagnosis has impacted on their lives, and this is where they come in.
Danielle told us about her support for the charity, she said “My boys have been given loads of toys recently and I’m donating them to the young cancer sufferers supported by Harry’s charity”.
Next on our whistle stop tour was the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where we met patients and staff alongside families and visitors who were all keen to wave our flags and get nominating. We were even treated to a visit from the service personnel from the adjoining Royal Centre for Defence Medicine. This fantastic facility provides medical support to military operational deployments. It also provides secondary and specialist care for members of the armed forces and is a dedicated training centre for defence personnel and a focus for medical research.
Birmingham was a wonderful place to visit and we received a huge number of nominations, tomorrow we’re in Cardiff – see you there.
Learn more about HelpHarryHelpOthers here
Learn more about The Birmingham Drop In Cancer Support Centre here