Update from Noah’s Ark Hospice, following our donation in Autumn 2019.
2019 was a year of unprecedented growth for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice. 1,230 seriously unwell children, their siblings and parents/carers benefitted from Noah’s Ark’s support. We also opened The Ark, a new children’s hospice building for north and central London.
The music therapy programme which Harry-Krish Mootoosamy Foundation’s generous support has helped to enable has been hugely valuable for numerous children and families. Highlights have included the establishment of a neonatal baby and parent music group.
Emma Newton’s Run for Pancreatic Cancer UK
Not a long distance runner, Emma started training for the London Landmarks Half Marathon in January, for PCUK, in memory of her good friend Harry-Krish.
Emma trained rigorously and smashed her fundraising target very quickly.
Early in the morning, on the 22nd March, given that the Run was cancelled due to Covid 19, Emma ran the half marathon distance around the streets of St Albans.
Emma aimed to raise £350… with Gift Aid, she actually raised an amazing total of £757.50!
March 2020 Donation to Haven House Hospice
In March we sent a donation of £2000 to Haven House Hospice in South Woodford for music therapy for the children they support.
Here’s part of a letter they sent just after Lockdown started:
We wanted to let you know that Music Therapy is continuing via zoom – Roxanne has been able to carry out sessions directly into living rooms with whole families joining in which has been wonderful.
You can read more and see some videos here:
The coverage was shown on BBC London and can be viewed here:
31st January 2020 saw the 6th and final Disco at the OAs Rugby Club St Albans. This year there was a twist as guests came along dressed from the 80s AND 90s!
As usual it was a fantastic, fun evening. Music from both decades entertained everyone and worries were left outside the door!
On Saturday 12th October, Mootoo OctoBall, was held in the beautiful St Michael’s Manor, St Albans – the plan was for a very special fundraising night of sparkles and glamour for family and friends to celebrate Harry-Krish together.
We could not think of a more fitting event as we struggle towards the 5 years of our loss. Tickets sold out quicker than we could get the word out which was a true testament to Harry-Krish.
It was a spectacular evening! Family and friends laughed and cried together, danced and sang and enjoyed Adam the Magician, Mauritian Sega Dancers, singing and tunes from Big Mama Funk and a sumptious meal with fantastic service! Thank-you St Michaels Manor for looking after us so well.
We raised an amazing £6500!
This is enough for us to donate Grants to 3 or 4 Hospices or charities for music therapy!
We would like to thank the entertainers who all gave their time and talent at no or very little cost , the lovely Sarah for the stunning floral centre pieces and the gorgeous girls who helped organise the rooms, the generous Silent Auction donors and bidders and everyone for joining us to make this such a memorable night, not only of fundraising but of celebrating and remembering Harry-Krish.
Three gents, Patrick, James and Mark, lifelong friends of Harry-Krish since meeting at school, trained passionately for the Berlin Marathon in September.
They raised money for Pancreatic Cancer UK and ran for Harry-Krish. They ran with the love and affection of many.
In July we had hard working teams out over 3 days at St Columba’s College to facilitate the car parking for Britain’s Strongest Man, raising few thousand pounds which we shared with the school.
Over the course of the year we have also received some kind donations from friends and family, from near and as far as Mauritius.
Supporters who have signed up to Amazon Smile are adding to our Fundraising on an ongoing basis – it’s so simple to use- Just sign in and select our charity, then Amazon logs it against your account and send a few pennies each time there is an order!
We also signed up to EveryClick which does the same, when shopping online for a huge range of retailers.
Runners and walkers were once again out in force at the St Albans Half Marathon in June.
A couple of weeks later, three local bands packed out the Rose & Crown in St Albans and raised a few pounds.
May saw our annual get together at St Columba’s College for Mootoopicnic– always a lovely get together with friends and family.
Gio pounded the streets in the Putney & Fulham Half Marathon.
A warm start to our Fundraising, on a chilly New Year’s Day when 7 year old Patrick helped to raise £290 by plunging into the icy water of the Polar Challenge with his Dad in St Albans.
Our 5th 80s Disco in January proved to be yet again a fantastic evening, with fun loving guests dressed up in a colourful array of outfits and going for some serious moves on the dancefloor, to a playlist Mike Read would be happy with, from our great DJ John. An incredible £2453 was raised! We’d like to say a very big and heartfelt “Thank-you” to all who joined us. The four Disco Divas excel themselves each year and the feedback is always so positive, but it’s just lovely to see so many people relaxing and enjoying the evening.
We have had some lovely surprise fundraisers – with a little girl giving up sweets for a month and raising £137 and another one who painted pictures with a friend and set up a table to sell them outside her house!
In December, a lovely little 9 year old donated his £1 weekly pocket money “For Harry” and his parents kindly matched his donation – a wonderful and touching way to end the year.
11 Brave children took it upon themselves to complete a specially designed triathlon on one of the warmest days of the year.
After multiple lengths in Westminster Lodge swimming pool, it was on to their bikes for a trip up and down the entire length of the Alban Way.
Once that was over, there was just the small matter of a few laps round Longacres Park. The children managed to keep going long after the grown ups had run out of puff!
In conjunction with St Columba’s College a group of hearty volunteers helped to park hundreds of cars over three days for the first Britain’s Strongest Man event to be held in St Albans.
In what has became an annual event for the charity, both runners and walkers of all ages took part in the St Albans Half Marathon in June, helping to raise our profile!
Sadly this event became suddenly very poignant as a dear family member, Barlen collapsed just before the Half Marathon whilst in training.
His loving family donated money given in his memory and his colleagues have donated to us too. He ran every year since we have started.
The 2nd BourneMoot Bazza Ball
Held at the Highcliff Marriott, Bournemouth
Harry-Krish’s niece and her classmates from St Albans Girls’ School worked hard and presented our charity to First Give.
The Head, Mrs Chapman kindly invited us to hold a Pool Party-which her Year 9 class organised for the Year 7s and it was a great success!
The sun came out for the annual Mootoofest, at St Columba’s College where families got together, had fun and caught up.
One of Harry-Krish’s friends, Leilani Sparrow, launched her new book and dedicated it to Harry-Krish.
They met when they were teenagers at Loreto and St Columba’s and have been close friends since then. Leilani’s book is called My Best Friends.
Starting the year as we mean to go on with the annual 80s disco.
A chance for those of a certain age to relive their youth, while others look on in amazement at what people used to wear back then!
A team out in force again at the St Albans Half Marathon
Another fantastic Mootoofest, filled with fun and games for children and adults alike.
St Columba’s has been beyond supportive of our family and our cause these past few years. Harry-Krish was Class of ‘93.
Making the local news
One of our favourite events of the year, where everyone puts in a great effort and show of support, even when it rains!
2016 saw the first Mootoofest, the brainchild of Simon and Asha, wanting to create a fun, family event.
Featuring the Mootoo Memorial Football Match, stalls, music and Mauritian Dancers, they achieved their objective and even superceded it!
It has become a wonderful annual event ever since. Thanks to St Columba’s College for being our hosts.