As you may be aware, last week I posted this on my blog:
Help Mummy Barrow Help Harry Moseley
A request for you to vote for Wincey Willis in the Absolute Radio “Who’s Calling Christian 80s legends” competition.
I tweeted Wincey back in September because I saw that she was tweeting support for Harry Moseley and was in touch with the family. I asked if she would enter, in an effort to win £5,000 and promised that if she did it, and won, I would donate my £5,000 too. Long before the competition had even started and I cheekily “reminded” her on the first day.
Harry was poorly at that stage but by the time Wimcey called in on Wednesday he had taken a turn for the worst. By then Harry was in a coma and we were all willing him to #wakeupharry. Hoping the power of Twitter would wake him to give his mum a hug.
Sadly Harry stayed in his coma and on Friday he went home for the last time.
It was an awful shock to read his mum’s tweet on Saturday night that said that Harry had “finally fallen asleep”.
The phone call from Wincey and the mention on national radio really brought this amazing young man to so many people’s attention and in raising awareness has also raised more funds.
I watched voting all weekend, as did Wincey. We were playing tag as we tweeted and retweeted the link to vote for Wincey. Everytime I saw a celeb with a huge list of followers mention Harry (from Tamara Ecclestone to Duncan Bannatyne) I tweeted them and said, please vote and ask your followers to do so.
Despite this it was still a huge shock to hear this morning that Wincey had done it. Beating the formidable Stephen Fry, Philip Schofield, The Hoff and Chas from Chas and Dave (not to mention the other 45 celebs who called in but didnt make the final shortlist)
With 48% of the votes, Wincey had just won £10,000 for Harry’s Charity: Help Harry Help Others.
If you didn’t hear the call it is here:
Absolute Radio AudioBoo
I had dropped J back at school and was sitting in a Tesco car park on hold listening to Wincey. I managed to hold it together long enough to speak and confirm I would stick to my word and donate my £5,000 winnings too but then Christian played this:
and I fell apart. Thinking about the Moseley family preparing to say their final goodbyes to their darling son who has done more in eleven years that many will ever achieve.
I started driving home and then the Breakfast show played Elbow “one day like this” and I had to pull over into a lay-by to cry again. As it ended, Greg the producer called to say thank you. I could hardly speak. I don’t do speechless but I couldn’t get the words out.
And so in true Hollywood “I have just won” style I would like to say a few thank yous:
To Harry for being such a remarkable young man. May we never forget you.
To Wincey for agreeing to do it. You wonderful lady. How you went to work on Sunday morning, I have no idea. Or how you spoke this morning.
To Absolute Radio for hosting a competition like this that can raise charity awareness.
To Christian, who put himself on the line everytime that phone rang and he said “Who’s this?”
and finally, to all of you who put up with my incessant tweeting of the link and voted. You did this.
Now, if you will excuse me I am going to go and have a little lie down.