There will be a very special 22-mile run on 25th May 2024 in memory of Harrison Bretherton. The run will raise much needed funds for two very carefully chosen charities – Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and the Fire Fighters Charity. These two charities hold a special significance for the Bretherton family, a significance which is thoughtfully explained below. On this Saturday in May the runners will be completing a 22-mile run, as so sadly Harrison never made it to 22. The run will finish at Lytham Windmill. A Give Wheel page sharing the details of the run is now on-line at: https://www.givewheel.com/fundraising/1888/harrisons-22nd-mile/
The Give Wheel page fully explains the background and aims of the run. The Give Wheel page says:
‘Harrison was a much loved and adored Son, Brother and friend to many. He had a heart of gold and lit up every room he entered with his larger than life, happy aura and a beautiful smile to go with it.
Harrison was and still is one of five children, to the most wonderful parents. He was loved deeply by his parents Bryan and Kerry, and a very loved brother to Nicoll, Trafford, James, and Byron. There are countless memories that we, as a family can look back on over the last 21 years, each as precious as the next. These memories of birthdays, Christmas, and countless family holidays over the years will live long in our hearts.
To say Harrison enjoyed life would be an understatement. Within the last twelve months he was happier than he had ever been before. He met the love of his life, Anya. They were inseparable and did everything together. Whether it was going on nights away together, attending festivals throughout the country, or even lying in bed all day watching films. Harrison was besotted. They had also just been on their first holiday together to Rhodes. We as the family could see how happy he was to be experiencing the joys of life.
Alongside Anya, Harrison was always out enjoying life with his large group of friends. Especially his most adored friend of them all, his twin brother James. They came into this world together, and when death took Harrison’s hand, James was right by his side fighting to keep his brother.
On the 14/09/2023 Harrison, James, and Anya were out having fun at the local pub quiz, as they did every Wednesday night.
On their journey home, Harrison, James, and Anya were passengers in a car which was involved in a serious accident. James and Anya suffered injuries but were able to recover and was later discharged.
Unfortunately, Harrison sustained catastrophic injuries which he was unable to recover from, thus losing his life the following day. Harrison was surrounded by all his family and friends, all the people who adored him were by his side until the very end. Now he is by all of our sides, every minute of every day.
In Harrison’s memory, there will be a 22-mile run on the 25/05/2024 named ‘Harrison’s 22nd Mile’. James, Harry (Harrison’s best friend) and Trafford (Harrison’s older brother), and more friends and family along the way will be taking on this challenge to raise money for the nominated charities. Harrison never made it to 22, so we will be running his 22nd mile.
We have decided to donate to two charities, each are equally as deserving of the money.
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital is one of the choices. In March 2002 when Harrison was only three weeks old, he was admitted to Alder Hey after he stopped breathing while at home. Harrison would spend the next ten days fighting for his life on a ventilator.
Harrison was only given a 40% chance of survival. However, thanks to the tireless efforts from all the doctors, nurses and all other staff Harrison made a full miracle recovery. This enabled us all to enjoy 21 of the most wonderful years with Harrison. For that reason, we will forever be thankful to Alder Hey children’s hospital.
The second charity we have chosen is The Fire Fighters Charity. When the accident happened on the 14/09/2023 the fire service were one of the first emergency service teams on scene. Due to their expertise skill and quick work, they were able to free Harrison from the wreckage which then allowed the paramedics to treat Harrison and get him on a ventilator. This allowed our family and Harrison’s friends to say a real goodbye to him, given the circumstances this is the absolute least we could’ve asked for. For that reason, we will all be forever thankful to the fire service.’
Please visit the Give Wheel page to share your support for this very special event in remembrance of Harrison. Here is the link: https://www.givewheel.com/fundraising/1888/harrisons-22nd-mile/
Please select “gift aid” when donating as this adds on 25% of your original donation from the government, at no extra cost to you!