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Worshipful Company of Cordwainers

Harry’s Giant Pledge

Posted by: JHM Date: 01 Nov 2019

The Cordwainers’ nominated charity for 2019-2020 will be the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, and, specifically, our fundraising will go to Harry’s Giant Pledge, which was set up by Past Warden James Shaw and his family in memory of their son Harry.

Cordwainers are long-time supporters of the Royal Marsden, partly because the hospital’s founder, William Marsden, was a Cordwainer, who was Master of the Company in 1849.

This year our charitable fundraising is even closer to home. Harry Shaw lost his 10-month battle against Ewing’s Sarcoma, a type of bone cancer, in June 2019. He was five, and a very tough and brave little boy.

James’s family set up Harry’s Giant Pledge just a few weeks before Harry died. At that point they knew Harry couldn’t be saved but were determined to do something to give the Harrys of the future a better chance.

All the money we raise will go directly to Harry’s Giant Pledge and we will be able to track our donation through the lifespan of the research project. We sincerely hope that it will contribute to improving the survivability rates for childhood cancer.

Over the coming months the Cordwainers will be carol-singing, wine-tasting and undertaking a 15-mile sponsored walk in aid of this fantastic cause. We are proud to support Harry’s Giant Pledge and, encouraged by our friends and colleagues, hope we can make a significant contribution to the Royal Marsden’s valuable work.

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