Harrisons Fund


However you choose to participate in the fight against Duchenne and whenever you do it, we are grateful and you will make a difference. Thank you. #maketime

Any of these events take your fancy?

Family Brunch Day Sunday 2nd June 2019

An action packed family day run at Symes Interiors, Bentworth, Hampshire. Taking place on Sunday 2nd June 10-12pm for the morning session and 12.30-2pm for the afternoon sessions.

A super chance to show your support for Harrison's Brunch this year! Opt to take part in a family Brunch cookery challenge in the morning, or work in parent and child teams to be "mini bakers" or "mini joiners" in the afternoon and learn cookery and woodworking skills.

For tickets to the morning Brunch cookery challenge click here

For tickets to the afternoon Parent and Child Mini Bakers challenge click here

For tickets to the afternoon Parent and Child Mini Joiners challenge click here

Sky High Ball 2019

The Sky High Ball is back with a bang and we'd love you to join us! Now in its seventh year, the Ball is the highlight of Harrison's Fund's year and we want you to be there with us to celebrate another year of raising vital funds for the world's best research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

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From the moment you enter the Royal Garden Hotel you will enjoy a night to remember.

Greeted with Champagne on arrival and treated like stars as you have professional photographs taken against a glittering back drop, you and your friends will enjoy live music in the reception space before entering the stunning Ballroom for the main part of the evening.

Once seated, you will enjoy a sumptuous dining experience, complete with fine wine throughout the night. This year we are thrilled to be joined by Classical Soprano singer Joanna Forest who will provide the entertainment before dinner. Joanna has had two number 1 Classical albums and we can't wait to hear her live!

There will be opportunities for fun and frolics led by our host for the evening, BBC journalist and Strictly Come Dancing Winner, Chris Hollins. Ladies will receive an exciting goody bag and there will be the opportunity to bid on some outstanding prizes in the silent and live auctions.

Join us for an after-party to remember complete with a DJ on the dancefloor where drinks will continue to flow!

Tables of 10 are available for £1,200 and you can book them here!

The Sky High Ball makes a perfect night out for friends but also provides a fantastic corporate sponsorship opportunity. Please contact Heather for further details of how you can add to your brand by being associated with a wonderful event for an important cause.

Help us to beat Duchenne and enjoy a special night out whilst doing so.

Guildford 10k

The 2019 10k and 5k races will take place on  Sunday 13th October.

We are delighted to announce that we will be the Local Title Charity Partner for the event! Places on sale HERE

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Guildford's first mass participation, closed-road 10km running race. The event will be UKA-affiliated and will hold a 'GOLD RACE GRADE' from the   British Association of Road Races.

- Iconic cobbled high-street start / finish.
- Flat 'out and back' route with PB potential.
- Excellent transport links and parking.
- Chip-timing with live results.
- Huge, high quality medal.

Our charity places will cost £15 with a minimum fundraising target of £100.

Places on sale HERE

Email Laura for further information

The Surrey Half Marathon 2020

This year's race is on Sunday 8th March 2020 and you can buy places from us!

Places available to buy HERE

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Harrison's Racing Team has been a part of the Surrey Half Marathon since it started in 2014. It's our flagship running event for several reasons. Firstly, it's a local race for many of our supporters and friends. Secondly, the event is organised really well every year and we receive positive feedback from first-time and seasoned runners alike. Finally, the course allows keen runners to achieve great results - often a new PB.

This scenic, single-lap half marathon is set in the glorious countryside surrounding Woking and Guildford, and follows a fully-closed and professionally marked and measured route out from Woking town into the rural delights of the nearby quaint villages. This picturesque race is made even more enjoyable by live music and communities of local supporters.

In 2019 we had a team of 66 runners and have received brilliant feedback from many of them. 

Sign up now to receive our early bird offers!

Adult places on sale HERE for only £15  with a minimum fundraising target of £100 or sign up with a team of 4 and receive the  4th place for free! 

If you don't fancy  fundraising  but would still like to support us, you can buy   a non-fundraising place HERE

Email Laura for further information.

Brighton Marathon 2020

The iconic Brighton Marathon is taking place on  Sunday 19th, April 2020.   

Places are available to purchase HERE

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Harrison's Racing Team will be taking part in the Brighton Marathon for the fourth year in 2020. Our runners have enjoyed the atmosphere and the course through the iconic seaside town and would love to see some encouraging faces and noisy cheerers on the day!

Places are available for the Marathon for £30 per person with a minimum fundraising target of £300.

If you fancy joining in the fun, wearing a Harrison's Fund t.shirt with pride and making as much noise as possible then please contact Laura to find out where we'll be and when!

Marathon places are available to purchase HERE!  Limited places available.

Birthday For A Birthday Campaign

Everyone loves birthdays!

A Birthday for a Birthday

Could you spare a birthday to give a child with Duchenne another one? Giving up just one of your birthdays can help us fund research into a cure and hopefully extend the lives of children with Duchenne. Kids born with Duchenne don't get  to have as many birthdays as they should. We are working to change that! 

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Most people hope to have at least seventy birthdays in their lifetime which can mean a lot of presents. Some of the birthday presents you receive you may absolutely love, but there will be those which end up being donated to charity shops or  regifted, or sold on eBay.  Children with Duchenne, a life limiting disease, sadly do not live to be 70,  so they have a lot less birthdays than most people. For most of the kids with Duchenne, their life span is merely 20 years. 

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is 100% fatal. Most children with it are usually in a wheelchair by the age of 12. One in 3,500 boys is born with it, and in the UK 2,500 kids have it at the moment. You can have it, no matter where you are or what your ethnic background is. A third of all cases start in the womb, with no warning before the baby is born. Girls can also get Duchenne with around 1% of Duchenne births being female. Most kids with it die in their late teens or early twenties·

It leads to respiratory failure, heart failure, and other debilitating orthopaedic complications. Although we know a lot about how Duchenne is caused, current treatments are pretty limited. Steroids and daily stretching are what most doctors recommend, but they have their drawbacks and don't prevent debilitating muscle contractures.

One of the projects that we are raising funds for is research into anti fibrotic drugs to alleviate these contractures so why not get involved and make a difference.

Decide to give up your birthday and instead donate the cost of your celebrations and ask your friends to donate to Harrison's Fund instead of giving you a present? You can set up your fundraising page here and you won't even have to get sweaty or dirty to feel good!! We will then send you some great tips to help make your fundraising the best it can possibly be. Thank you xx