Story

Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page in memory of Steve Harris....songwriter, guitarist and creative genius behind rock band SHY....but above all he was the devoted and loving husband I adored. Steve was cruelly stolen from me, his friends and fans by a brain tumour in October 2011. 

Steve didn't smoke, was teetotal, ate healthy food, was slim and as fit as a person half his age, he ran 2 miles each day and has always been a clean living guy....not the image some might have of a rock musician, eh ?  He did nothing wrong, he did everything right, he was just one of the unlucky ones, randomly chosen, it doesn't matter who you are, your age or what you do, brain tumours cannot be prevented. When he was told from day one he was not going to survive this illness his words to me were........ "I've had 44 good years...these things happen". 

The stoic and positive way in which he dealt with this indiscriminate and devastating illness was as inspirational as the man himself and out of Steve's illness I want to achieve something positive and that is to help raise much needed funds in Steve's memory for The Brain Tumour Charity (formerly Brain Tumour UK) so that they may continue researching new treatments, support those affected (and their families) by brain tumours, raise awareness of this 'hidden' illness and ultimately find a cure for the unfortunate people who will follow in Steve's footsteps and through no fault of their own, will fall victim to this totally random illness.

There will be on-going activities and personal challenges planned to raise money to help the fight against brain tumours and my JustGiving tribute page is to make it easy for friends, fans and supporters who wish to make a donation in Steve's memory to The Brain Tumour Charity. Information regarding fundraising can be found in the 'My Updates' section and by clicking the links below.

An extraordinary, unforgetable and very private person and a true gentleman in every sense of the word, Steve was quiet, unassuming, dignified and respectful of himself and to those around him....oh and the funniest guy you'd ever meet....his quick fire answers and one-liners were priceless! I used to tell him that if he hadn't chosen to be a musician he should have become a stand up comic! He was also born with a natural talent for his instrument that has inspired so many. His 100% dedication to his band was constant and his songwriting and playing improved with each passing year, he would practice for hours each day....to see Steve without a guitar in his hand was quite a rare sight for me!  He used to lovingly call me a 'guitar widow'....now I'm one for real.

A prolific songwriter and described as 'one of the best rock guitarists in the UK', Steve was voted 32nd best guitarist in Japan's Burrn magazine June 2012 edition ranking higher than Angus Young of AC/DC and Uli Jon Roth, ex Scorpions!  Now, Steve's legacy is the awesome music spanning almost 30 years he created for SHY and I hope his music will inspire you to be the best you can be and never let go of hope, he didn't, even in the face of adversity.  

Steve was also a person that belongs to that 'unique group of people', you know, the 'stand outs', the type you meet once in a lifetime, a person that not only touches your heart but also your soul...you might meet maybe 2 or 3 of these people in your lifetime, but sadly you might not meet one and although the World I knew has ended under such shocking circumstances and another one starts, I am eternally grateful this very special man asked me to be his wife..... and one of my tributes to him for bringing so much happiness into my life for 27 years, is that I legally changed my middle name to Steve on what would have been his 47th birthday on April 19th 2012.

Can you tell how much I love him ? !!! ?

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to The Brain Tumour Charity and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. So it’s the most efficient way to donate - we raise more, whilst saving time and cutting costs for the Charity.

So please dig deep into the dusty corners and please consider donating........whatever you can spare, even that £1.00 coin you found down the back of the sofa......and along with Steve, lets all ROCK ON!  ............and to brain tumours, you ain't always gonna take the best people away and kill the soul of those who love them too.....you ain't always gonna win!

Deb Steve Harris

 

** As songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire, Steve was 'MR. SHY' and is irreplaceable, sadly this means the band are unable to continue without him **

 

A Message For overseas friends and fans

 

You will need a credit card, a debit card or a Paypal account.

Donations are made in pounds sterling (£ GBP), so you might find it useful to use a currency convertor before you donate. There are lots to choose from, but if you're stuck, one that we often use is XE: http://www.XE.com/ucc

Once you know how much you'd like to donate in GBP, just enter that amount in the box under Enter an amount (e.g. if you'd like to donate £10, enter 10.00) and follow the donation process as normal.

When your donation appears on your bank statement, it will show the equivalent in your own currency. It's worth remembering that your bank/credit card company might charge extra fees for international transactions, so you may wish to contact them before you donate to find out.

 

5 BRAIN TUMOURS FACTS

1.)  Only 2% of cancer research funding is spent on brain tumour research despite there now being 40 people diagnosed every day in the UK with a primary brain tumour.  The 'gold standard' treatment for malignant brain tumours has not changed significantly over the past 30 years.

2). Malignant Brain tumours are the most significant cause of cancer death in men under 45 and women under 35.  They attack anyone ‘out of the blue’ and destroy young, fit and healthy people....like my Steve. They cannot be prevented because there is no known cause.                                           

3). Brain tumours are the most common cause of cancer death in children having overtaken leukaemia.

4). Malignant Brain Tumours take more years off the victims life than any other cancer.

5). Each year approximately 8,600 primary brain tumours are registered in the UK but it is widely accepted that these figures are under-estimated. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) reports that 'almost half of intercranial tumours are not recorded by cancer registries' and research by brain tumour charities suggest the true number of primary brain tumours could be as high as 16,000. (*Secondary tumours in the brain are not recorded by cancer registries, but again research suggests up to 32,000 people may develop secondary cancer that has spread to the brain from elsewhere in the body).

 

RAISED OFFLINE:

Steve & Deb's eBay auctions (July 2010 - January 2011) raised £36.69

26.8 mile Birmingham Canal Canter September 2011 completed by close friend and number 1 SHY fan (probably!) Steven Craven raised £670.00

10k BUPA Great Yorkshire Run October 2011 completed by best friends David & Vicki Tait raised £423.09

Collection Tin held by local Post Office has so far raised £115.84 (October 2010 - April 2013) (January 2014)

Cheque donation sent directly to Brain Tumour UK January 2012 by special friend Keith Dudley £100.00

Inskip Half Marathon January 2012 completed by best friend David Tait raised £155.00

The Three Amoebas and Friends gig at The Asylum Venue Sunday, 6th May 2012 (and HT-5R Combo Amp raffle prize kindly donated by Blackstar Amplification) raised £806.45...amazing night, amazing people.

Free Radio Walkathon Sunday, 13th May 2012 completed by Steve's friend and work colleague Jane Dickinson (now a fabulous friend to me) raised £340.00

Tough Mudder (a hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle course designed by British Special Forces) completed on Sunday, 15th July 2012 by four amazing people: Steven Craven, Allan Fleming, Moria Dineley and Thomas McCorrie, raised the fabulous sum of £615.00

Collection tin held by Madhouse Rehearsals / The Asylum Venue Birmingham, has so far raised £123.21 (January 2012 - April 2013) 

The marvelous Halloween pumpkin carving by Keith Dudley raised the fantastic sum of £635.00 that was handed over in person to the Charity on Thursday, 1st November 2012 (October 2012).

Collection tin held by The Station Pub, Kings Heath has so far raised £97.89 (February 2013) (December 2013)

Cash donation sent directly to The Brain Tumour Charity by my rock chick buddy Lisa Billingham £10.00 (March 2013)

Collection tin held by Johnstans family butcher, Kings Heath has so far raised £20.00 (April 2013)

Collection tin held by PIZZAS R US raised £16.38 (April 2013)

Rockers Serpentine have raised the fantastic amount of £305.00 at Hard Rock Hell with their bucket collection and raffle...well done and thanks guys....you're all stars, in more ways than one! (April 2013)

Collection tin held by The Crown Pub, Kings Heath has so far raised £93.50 (May 2013) (August 2013) (March 2014)

Collection tin held by The Plough Pub, Harborne has so far raised £84.09 (May 2013) (October 2013)

Collection tin held by Zebs Supermarket, Billesley has so far raised £96.27 (July 2013) (September 2013) (December 2013) (April 2014)

'A TRIBUTE TO STEVE HARRIS - SHY' raised £3,279.69 (19th July 2013)

The online auction organised by Keith Dudley that coincided with Steve's Tribute Show raised £1,300.00 (July / August / September 2013)

Collection tin held by Evergreen Pharmacy, Billesley has so far raised £21.73 (August 2013)

Sale of Steve Harris t-shirts (in addition to the £250.50 worth sold at his Tribute show) £11.80 (August 2013).

Collection tin held by The Kitchen Garden Shop, Kings Heath has so far raised £17.02 (October 2013).

Keith Dudley has again carved some awesome Halloween pumpkins and has raised the fantastic sum of £525.00....thank you so much Keith, you will always be The Pumpkin King (October 2013).

Blackstar Amp signed by Billy Gibbons of ZZ TOP (part of the online auction organised by Keith Dudley that coincided with Steve's Tribute Show) has raised £700.00 - MASSIVE thanks to Keith for his hard work and continuous support (November 2013).

2 lots of 4 CD's donated by AOR Blvd Records featuring artists on their label has raised £45.00 (of which £25.00 was paid to The Charity via JustGiving) with a further matched charity donation of £25.00 by GE Foundation....thank you Ray Bennett. Sincere thanks to Paul Mitch Rudland and Kelv Hellrazer for donating the CD's and for their kind support (December 2013).

Collection tin held by The Queens Hotel, Newbury has so far raised £27.27 (April 2014).

 

If you have time, you may like to have a look at the following sites, where you will also find info regarding any planned fund raising events in Steve's memory, pictures of Steve and our latest news

www.facebook.com/pages/In-Memory-of-Steve-Harris-SHY-Fund-Raising-for-Brain-Tumour-UK/100848580034106 - Fundraising Info and celebrating the life of the one and only Mr. Steve Harris

www.shyonline.co.uk - Official SHY website

www.facebook.com/shyonline - SHY's Facebook Page

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Updates 53

Heartfelt thanks to my lovely friend (and SHY fan!) Tom Hayes for organising a collection tin at The Queens Hotel in Newbury where £27.27 has been collected for The Charity via The Steve Harris (SHY) Memorial Fund. Cheers Tom, you're a star!

10/04/14 16:33

£21.39 has been raised via the collection that Zebs Supermarket hold for me...this is the 4th tin these guys have filled - a MASSIVE thank you for their continued support x

09/04/14 15:58

Another £33.86 has been collected via The Steve Harris (SHY) Memorial Fund by The Crown Pub in Kings Heath thanks to Dave and his staff - this is the 3rd collection tin these guys have filled for The Charity....your continuing kind support is much appreciated, thanks everyone x

09/03/14 22:18

Another £16.75 has been raised via the collection tin my local Post Office hold for me......thank you so much Stan and Rose, you have always been so kind to Steve and me and your continuous support is much appreciated x

11/01/14 20:07

Another £34.11 has gone into the pot thanks to the guys at Zebs Supermarket...this is the 3rd tin these guys have filled to the brim in just 5 months. On behalf of me and Steve..THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for helping The Brain Tumour Charity in their research programme x

03/01/14 12:40

Raising money for

Brain Tumour UK

Brain Tumour UK

Charity Registration No. 1117538

Brain Tumour UK has merged with The Brain Tumour Charity to become the UK's largest dedicated brain tumour charity. We fund research and offer support and information to those affected whilst raising awareness and influencing policy.

Donations 60

Donation by Anonymous on 19/03/14

£2.00

I miss Steve and his music... I miss Chuck (Schuldiner left us in 2001) and his music... Please let's find a solution or a cure of some sort... please, tomorrow is always here.

Donation by Alex Cazzetta on 16/02/14

£10.00

Steve, you are loved, missed and never forgotten....I'm looking out for you darling, always in safe hands xxx

Donation by Deb Steve Harris on 31/12/13

£25.00

Donation by Ray Bennett on 02/12/13

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Phil Burton on 26/10/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

mobile-phone.png

Donation by Philip Burton on 10/10/13

£2.00

+ £0.50 Gift Aid

text donation

Donation by Anonymous on 05/10/13

£1.00

text donation

Donation by Anonymous on 04/10/13

£1.00

mobile-phone.png

Donation by Chris Barnett on 04/10/13

£1.00

+ £0.25 Gift Aid

text donation

Donation by Anonymous on 04/10/13

£2.00

text donation

From Deb Steve Harris. Testing....

Donation by Anonymous on 04/10/13

£1.00

I never met Steve, but met you, Deb, when in same office as your mum at "The Ideal" . I didn't know this had happened, til I read it in the B-ham Mail. Donation to great cause. love to you all xx

Donation by Gill Guggiari on 14/09/13

It was 1987 MTV HEADBANGERS BALL, when a 16 yr old guitar player that lived in a small town in the USA saw Steve play guitar for the 1st time. I honestly think about this guy every time I write songs.

Donation by Bill Maloney on 19/08/13

$50.00

Tonight will be a great success. Thinking of you both Deb. Hope this helps the charity. Love Mom and Dad

Donation by NC/JC on 19/07/13

£100.00

Remembering my lovely Dad, great cause. Good luck x

Donation by Anonymous on 20/06/13

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

heart.png

Remembering Steve today on his 48th birthday...my love, my best friend, my husband and always my Hero xxxxxxxxxx

Donation by Deb Steve Harris on 19/04/13

£25.00

smiley.png

God bless RIP

Donation by julian thomson on 03/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Inmem.png

GREAT bloke!! all the best mate!!

Donation by Richard Smith on 06/03/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

heart.png

A full year without you, but between us we will continue to help other innocent victims. Love and miss you, Mr. SHY..simply irreplaceable xxxx

Donation by Deb Steve Harris on 31/12/12

£25.00

smiley.png

Donation by Anonymous on 13/11/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

thumbsUp.png

Let's see how much we can raise! Rock on five figures!!

Donation by Jane Dickinson on 25/08/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Jumping.png

Fantastic amount so far Deb. Great work for a great cause XX

Donation by Mike N Sue on 06/05/12

£40.00

+ £10.00 Gift Aid

Done it! My middle name legally changed to Steve! We can every year celebrate your birthday and my naming day together and forevermore xxx

Donation by Deb Steve Harris on 20/04/12

£50.00

Inmem.png

Keep up the great work Deb, you rock! x

Donation by Rich Davenport on 14/04/12

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 28/02/12

£25.00

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£3,023.95
  • Offline donations£10,674.27
  • Text donations£8.00
  • Total raised£13,706.22
  • Gift Aid£294.50

* Charities pay a small fee for our service. Find out how much it is and what we do for it.