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Events in Memory of Harry
The following are a number of events and activities that took place during 2007 in Harry's name. Click on the pictures to view a full size version.

Art Exhibition raises over £1000 for Harry
Local artists Julie Wetenhall & Sue Fawthrop were delighted to hand over a cheque for £1,096 to Judi Mills for The Meningitis Research Foundation, the result of a weekend Art Exhibition held in November. The Exhibition, which was held on 23rd – 25th November featured a wonderful array of paintings, ceramics, glass, jewellery, sculpture and knitwear by a number of local artists including:

  • Julie Wetenhall, Sue Fawthrop, Jane Pyke,
    Tim Robinson (paintings)
  • Sylvia Lotz (jewellery)
  • Caroline Selvey (glass & ceramics)
  • Steve Woodbridge (sculpture)
  • Sue Livesey (creative knitwear)

The event was held at Julie Wetenhall’s Lane End home and was well supported by people looking for something special or unique to give as Christmas presents.

Jonny Bruce climbs Ben Nevis for Harry.
Jonny, a rugby mate of Harry’s scaled Ben Nevis and raised £335.
For more information click here.

Tree for Harry
Spinfield School, Harry’s Primary School, plant a tree in memory of Harry.

"Team Harry" raise over £10,000 for Harry
Team Harry organised by Colin Edwards have raised over £10,000 (twice the target of £5,000) for Harry at sporting events.

Rowers Revenge
Marlow Rowing named a scull in memory of Harry and 30 Team Harry participants raised money in completing the arduous rowing running and cycling courses. Jane Fruen took the prize of a bike in her age group and kindly donated it for fund-raising at Harry’s Bash.




Marlow Half Marathon
Team Harry again raised funds on the Marlow half marathon, an arduous course but run on a beautiful autumn day.

Harry’s Bash Raises £4000
Harry’s Bash, organised by Marlow coach John Hollingsworth with food provided by Donato and Michele, was a night to remember. Music featured the band Funky Custard with Harry’s mates Charlie, Ross and Tim. They performed a song written by John called “Happy Harry”. Harry’s mate Guy Lambert performed “I’ll See You in my dreams” with his Ukulele. John Hollingsworth band hit the notes as everyone danced the night away fuelled by an excellent hog roast. Marcus Lambert produced an excellent video of the evening. If anyone would like a copy please email Richard.



Marlow Merlins Rugby Festival
Marlow Merlins Rugby Festival was played on a sunny day in October with teams from Marlow, Maidenhead Amersham and Chiltern. Played in great sporting spirit the winners Newbury were presented with a trophy to commemorate the occasion. To review the programme, click here.



John Hampden Staff complete the Nottingham Marathon for Harry

Staff at John Hampden do the Nottingham Marathon for Harry
As part of the ongoing fundraising efforts for the Meningitis Research Foundation three members of John Hampden Grammar School staff ran in the Nottingham Marathon on September 16th. Mr Ludwigsen and Mr Wright ran the full marathon and Miss Storey the half. So far £700 has been raised.
“On a sunny and windy day in Nottingham all three of us managed to completed our respective races. Mr Ludwigsen finished in 3 hours 56 mins; the first time under 4 hours at this distance. Miss Storey finished her first half in under 2 hours (1 hour 56 mins) and Mr Wright finished in 3 hours 48 mins; another personal best. Thank you for all your support”

Team Harry Successfully run the "Down Tow Up Flow" Challenge
Finishing the run in good time Colin Edwards comments – “Yes, all went well on Sunday, albeit I think there were 4 people tentatively walking around Marlow & Maidenhead after the run”. The challenge was completed by Colin
Edwards, Steve Coleman, Richard Minnett and NikkiThe 3 Amigos Bolsover. Colin thanks all those who sponsored the event - “it definitely helped us get around”. Nikki being coy

The Murrell Family Bike RideTom Murrell and his Family Beat the Floods on a Bike Ride for Harry
Tom, a Marlow rugby player and friend of Harry’s, raised the sum of £2,200 (so far) for the Meningitis Research Foundation.
Read all about his epic adventure by clicking here.

Lex Have a Jeans Day for Harry
Lex Vehicle Leasing raise £800 (so far) for Harry with a Jeans day. Many thanks to Lex, Joanne Podmore in the Manchester Office and Lucy Hawkins (friend of Julie Murrell) in the Marlow Office.

Farriers Event Raises £7,500 for Harry
Lucy and Billy of Handmade Shoes Ltd organise and run the annual Farriers shoemaking competition. They had over 80 farriers competing in 3 divisions. They kindly held an auction for Harry and The Meningitis Research Foundation at the evening Dinner and Dance where £7,500 was raised.






Team Harry - Four Peaks Challenge raises £1,500 for Harry's fund
“Team Harry” kicked off with the Four Peaks Challenge on Friday the 13th July. Well done to Nigel Banks, Stuart Butler, Colm Farrell and David Postlethwaite who completed the four peaks in 38 hours despite driving rain.  They left a stone on each peak in memory of Harry. For more details of their Four Peaks Challenge click here.

Marlow Council Award Harry Sporting Award
Marlow Town Mayor, Richard Scott presented the "Outstanding Sportsman" award to Harry's parents and family at the mayor's reception on June 17th. To read the Bucks Free Press article click here.

Art at the Royal Oak - A Great Success
Jane Cowan & Julie Wetenhall are ex-Spinfield parents and family friends.  Their Art Exhibition at the Royal Oak, Bovingdon Green, Marlow on Sunday the 15th July was a great success despite the rain.  The exhibition moved into the pub and thanks go to the many friends who visited the exhibition. A total of £350 was raised.

Abbey - Hyde Park BUPA Great Capital RunAbbey ran for Harry in the Hyde Park BUPA Great Capital Run.
A great friend of Jenny, (Harry’s 19 year old sister), Abbey ran in the 10 Km Race for held on 15th July in Hyde Park.   Well done to Abbey who completed the run in 1 hour 40 minutes and raised £1240 in memory of Harry.  If you would like more details or wish to sponsor her, please visit her Justgiving webpage by clicking here.

Mufti day at John Hampden School raises £1,843.
Pupils and Staff at Harry’s school, John Hampden Grammar, raised £1,843 for the pleasure of wearing jeans at school.  Each participant donated £2 on the day.  Donations will go to the Meningitis Research Foundation.

Henry Wallace pupil at John Hampden raises £50 for Harry
Henry Wallace knocked on his neighbours doors to raise funds for Harry. A lovely thing to do in memory of Harry and thanks to him and his neighbours.

Friendship BenchFriendship Bench and Trophy for Harry at Spinfield
Spinfield School
Friendship Bench(Harry’s Primary) presented a Friendship Bench to the Mills family with a plaque “Remembering our Friend Harry Mills”. The bench has been suitably positioned on the
School fields overlooking theDavid Broughton with the Harry Mills Fair Play Trophy Football pitch and cricket field. The Harry Mills Fair Play Trophy was awarded to David Broughton for his outstanding sportsmanship at the Spinfield Sports Day on Monday 9th July. Well done David.

Frazer Worboys & Chris Carlisle broadcast on Marlow FM for Harry.
On Saturday 23 June Frazer and Chris broadcast for an hour on Marlow FM. Frazer as the host and friend of Harry asked Chris as one of Harry's oldest friends what had happened to Harry. Chris explained that Harry had died of Meningitis B and although there were vaccines for Meningitis A & C, no one has yet been able to find one for B. Frazer explained that the Mills family were leading fund raising for a B vaccine and that everyone should try to help. Chris said that many people were helping and that he ,Frazer and Aaron had raised money providing sandwiches and cakes plus PS 3 games at Broadsystems, so Frazer asked how others could help. Chris said that people should go to www.harrymills.co.uk where they could give to either Meningitis Research or the Youth Sport Trust in memory of Harry.

Marlow Youth Football Club
Marlow Youth Football Club dedicated their six-a-side tournament to Harry. Held on 12th-13th May 2007 Harry would have played in the competition. Richard, Judi & Marie presented the winners of the boys u12s and girls u12s competitions with their medals and trophies. The sum of £500 was raised which has been donated on Harry's web site to the Youth Sports Trust.





Five Mile Run
The Marlow Keep Fitters (of which Richard, Harry’s dad, is a member ) ran for Harry in the 5 mile Marlow race. Testament to the success of the Keep Fit Club, all finished the race and the total sum raised was £2,200 for the Meningitis Trust.

Left to Right Marcus Lambert, Dave Neaves, Richard Lambert, Brian Jackson, Gareth Roblin, Colin Lavis, Tim Gibbs, Eric Armstrong, Neil Linkleter.

Sam Tippet
Sam Tippet, Harry’s cousin has shaved all his hair off in a sponsored haircut. The ultimate sacrifice for Sam – the before and after effect can be seen in the photos. A brave effort from Sam who has raised at least £650.

Liam Rooney & Jon Massingham (aged 11/12)
Friends of Harry’s from Fantastic Football, Beavers & Cubs and who are now at Sir William Borlase. Liam & Jon held an 8km sponsored run on May 7th (May Day Bank Holiday) around Marlow, Bisham & Temple and raised over £250. Liam also gave us a wonderful hand drawn card of Thierry Henri.

Teddington Rugby Club
Friends and opponents at many a mini rugby tournament, Teddington RFC held a collection amongst the players & families which the club then matched – raising a total of £700.

Marlow U13s Rugby Tour to Normandy (May Bank Holiday Weekend)
The tour that Harry was due to accompany. The teams won the tournament beating Stade Francais. At their end of season Awards Presentation Barbeque, the team captains Henry Taylor & George Harjette made a speech dedicating their impressive trophy to Harry and presenting it to the Mills family. To read the related article in the Bucks Free Press click here.

Heston Blumenthal
Heston arranged for an autographed photograph from Harry’s football hero, Thierry Henri, and a message for Harry from Arsenal legend, Lee Dixon.

Special Messages
Signed football from Spinfield friends, signed JHGS football shirt from team mates at John Hampden, signed cricket shirt from Marlow Park Cricket team mates, CD of photos & book of
messages from u12s Marlow Rugby Team, large photo card from school mates at John Hampden, simultaneous church service held in Suffolk on Thursday May 3rd for Don Stocker & family (Mills family friends) who were unable to attend the funeral, - and all those wonderful messages from Harry’s friends on the red balloons, cards, poems, emails & photos.

Charlie Hollingsworth & Ross Holdsworth (aged 12)
Charlie and Ross (aged 12) classmates at John Hampden Grammar School (Charlie has also been a friend of Harry’s since Rugby u7s) did a sponsored run in June to coincide with Harry’s birthday on the 22nd. Charlie & Ross ran 10 times around the track at Wycombe Sports Centre – a total of 4000m – which is a real challenge to Charlie as he is more of a sprinter than long distance runner!
Charlie’s sister Elisha Hollingsworth (aged 8) did a sponsored walk of 3 miles (from her house to Harry’s). Charlie, Ross and Elisha raised a total of £2,671.

Orlando Bloom
Our thanks to Orlando Bloom who kindly took the time to chat with Harry’s sisters Marie and Jenny at a local pub where we bumped into him. Cheered them up!

Abbey Smith
A great friend of Jenny, (Harry’s 19 year old sister), Abbey is in training for the 10 Km Race for Life to be held on 15th July in Hyde Park. If you would like more details or wish to sponsor
her, please visit her Justgiving webpage by clicking here.

Harry’s Memory
Harry’s girlfriend Jess drew this sporty picture in memory of Harry.


Chris Carlisle & Friends
Chris Carlisle, Fraser Worboys & Aaron Mann all RGS boys and friends of Harry took over the offices of Broadsystems Ltd during the half term holiday on 29th May. They sold staff croissants, sandwiches, cakes and fruit and rented out their PS3 to the programmers for a big office games tournament. In total they raised £150. Well done to you all.

Emails raise £500
Pri-Med Educational Programmes Ltd raised £500 for Meningitis Research Foundation by donating £1 for each email address that GP’s gave them during a recent conference. Thanks to Dr Jim Kennedy for arranging this and Pri-Med for the donation in Harry's memory.

Minutes Silence

The family would like to thank all the football and rugby teams who held a minutes silence for Harry prior to games. Many games were also played in Harry’s memory. We found these very moving. The Marlow under 17’s Bucks Cup Final was played in memory of Harry. To read the match report on the Marlow RFC website click here.




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