Sunday, 9 October 2011

The Enduring Light of Harry Moseley

Harry Moseley died last night.

He was 11-years-old.

He’d spent more than a third of his short life battling an inoperable brain tumour – though it was never a battle he fought alone:

He had the endless love and support of his mother and family, his friends, all the members of the medical team that took care of him over the years, and from the many, many thousands of people he touched while he was still with us.

He died at home, in his mother’s arms, nearly two months after slipping into a coma due to complications resulting from an operation to save him.

Despite the trials and trauma of his own sickness and ordeal, he made and sold bracelets in memory of his friend, Robert Harley, who he met in hospital and who, sadly, died in 2009, aged 55.

Harry helped raise over £500,000 ($777,000) for cancer charities in the UK. He never raised money for himself.

He was special.

He is special.

Amidst the outpouring of grief and condolence, we must remember that there are so few people who – when their journey to this Earth is done – leave such a legacy.

There are creaking, leather-faced banking executives in their 80s who - despite all their wealth, all their perceived power and all those years - never came close to shining as brightly as Harry did.

Like when a star collapses at the end of its life, Harry’s passing has been marked by a brilliant wave of light… of love… and while he may have physically left the world, his energy is still rippling through us.

There will be people out there who, in years to come, will be comforted and even saved through advances made by the research his fundraising efforts paid for.

Every person who has been touched by yesterday’s news now carries a shard of Harry’s light in their own hearts.

This is his legacy… an energy he transferred to us… as his final gift to the world, before parting.

We could hold this light within and it would eventually fade to the dimness of memory.

Or, we could lift it up above our heads and let it shine again, by carrying on with Harry’s selfless mission to raise money for cancer charities.

Let’s help Harry raise £1,000,000… and let that be just the start.

If you'd like to donate to Cancer Research UK, visit Harry’s website:

If you’d prefer to donate to cancer charities in your own country, please do so.


  1. Death is just the next adventure. Enjoy Harry. I'm sure you will do good there also.

  2. Beautiful sentiments, Les, and a lovely tribute to an incredible boy with a huge heart. Harry definitely had wisdom and courage beyond his years.


  3. He was such a wonderfully brave and inspirational boy x

  4. Sad stuff. I wish I'd heard about him sooner, but what a brave kid. He definitely left the world a brighter place. Great post, Les.

    -S.M. Boyce
    Author of The Grimoire: Lichgates

  5. A lovely post for the brightest star many have seen in a long time . RIP Harry

  6. Thanks for writing that. It is just how I feel about Harry. I never had the privilege of meeting him, but he found his way into my heart. He inspired me, and now I am raising funds for my local Cancer Support Centre, the Hope Cancer Support Centre in the South East of Ireland. If Harry can make such a contribution to the world in his too short life, then we owe it to him to take up the baton in whatever way we can. Rest In Peace Harry, and love to his family and friends who must be so terribly sad.

  7. What a lovely tribute. I taught him last year and he was a cheerful friendly kid who would talk in school assemblies and never seemed self-pitying. He gave up his breaks and lunch hours to sell his bracelets. The world needs more Harry's

  8. So beautifully written, the words radiate comfort, love,hope and honesty...just like Harry!
    Lesley De Havilland xx

  9. this is so touching! beautiful words for this brave and beautiful little boy. all my love and prayers go out to Harry's loved ones. hope he's okay wherever he is now and all his effort helps or even saves other people's life.

  10. As a parent myself I can only imagine what Harry's family is going through, but they must be so proud of him and how he gave so much to help others.

  11. So sad, so true. Beautiful sentiments.

  12. Sounds like Harry lived with open eyes and a conscious mind. It's amazing the impact one person can make. It doesn't matter the age, health status, location. Thank you for sharing this story of such an inspirational young man.

  13. This was so very tough to read, but so well written. A wonderful tribute! x

  14. Beautifully written message, Les. My sister-in-law died from cancer a few years ago. We participate in cancer awareness and cancer fund-raising events in our part of the world, looking to the day when all cancers can be cured. Peace to you and yours.

  15. Touched, very touched Les. No parent should ever have to see their children go before them. I feel so for his close family.

  16. 81 writers from all over the world donated 176 flash fiction stories for an anthology. All proceeds go to Harry Moseley's charity. If you're interested, go to my blog, or search the Internet for "Campaigner Challenge 2011". It's available as an eBook at Smashwords, B&N, or Amazon, and will soon come out as a POD-paperback.