Steve Harris - Guitarist / Songwriter SHY
I'm raising funds with friends for Brain Tumour UK because research and support is vital
In memory of: Steve Harris
£6,853.12 raised so far
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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 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 - (I was blessed) 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.
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!
** As songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire, Steve was 'MR. SHY' and is irreplaceable, sadly this means the band are unable to continue without him **
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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).
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 £99.09
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
The marvelous Halloween pumpkin carving by Keith Dudley raised the fantastic sum of £635.00 that was handed over to the Charity on Thursday, 1st November 2012.
Collection tin held by The Station Pub, Kings Heath has so far raised £44.88
Cash donation sent directly to The Brain Tumour Charity March 2013 by rockin' friend Lisa Billingham £10.00
Collection tin held by Johnstans family butcher, Kings Heath has so far raised £20.00
Collection tin held by PIZZAS R US has so far raised £16.38
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.shyonline.co.uk - Official SHY website
www.facebook.com/shyonline - SHY's Facebook Page
My updates 29
Those Serpentine boys raised the fantastic amount of £297.02 at Hard Rock Hell with their bucket collection and raffle....well done guys....you're all stars, in more ways then one!
3 more collection tins held in Steve's memory have raised: 1) Johnstan's Family Butcher £20.00 2) Pizzas R US £16.38 3) Madhouse / Asylum Venue £64.90 Total: £101.28
Awesome band SERPENTINE are playing HARD ROCK HELL AOR Festival, Magna Centre, Rotherham this Sunday. During the event they will be around collecting money for THE BRAIN TUMOUR CHARITY in Steve's memory...for every donation you will receive a raffle ticket...please see below.
Make a donation in Steve's memory & win a signed FM ‘ROCKVILLE’ tour poster, signed TEN/SERPENTINE/WHITE WIDDOW tour poster, HARD ROCK HELL VII tickets, + SERPENTINE T-Shirts & Cd's - to be drawn during SERPENTINE’S HRH AOR PERFORMANCE STAGE 2 - 19.50 PM - SUNDAY APRIL 7TH 2013
Brain Tumour UK merged with The Brain Tumour Charity on March 1st 2013. I cannot change the name or logo & setting up a new page is not something I wish to do, but please be assured, all donations in Steve's memory via this page are sent by JustGiving to The Brain Tumour Charity.
Charity Registration No. 1117538
The Joseph Foote Trust and Brain Tumour UK have joined forces to create a new, larger Brain Tumour UK. Brain Tumour UK gives help today and provides hope for tomorrow by delivering breakthrough support, information and research on the path to the cure.
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
God bless RIP
Donation by julian thomson on 03/04/13
+ £2.50 Gift Aid
GREAT bloke!! all the best mate!!
Donation by Richard Smith on 06/03/13
+ £5.00 Gift Aid
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
Donation by Anonymous on 13/11/12
+ £5.00 Gift Aid
Let's see how much we can raise! Rock on five figures!!
Donation by Jane Dickinson on 25/08/12
+ £5.00 Gift Aid
Fantastic amount so far Deb. Great work for a great cause XX
Donation by Mike N Sue on 06/05/12
+ £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
Keep up the great work Deb, you rock! x
Donation by Rich Davenport on 14/04/12
+ £1.25 Gift Aid
Donation by Anonymous on 28/02/12
Donation by Anonymous on 01/01/12
+ £5.00 Gift Aid
Donation by Tim Goulding on 23/12/11
Steve, I never forget you! SHY music will be loved from now on by many people! Thank you for giving us great music!
Donation by Jun Kitahara on 22/12/11
Steve my Angel, I love and miss you so much. To the World you may be one person but to me you are MY WORLD xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Donation by Deb Harris on 19/12/11
+ £12.50 Gift Aid
Steve was a lovely person, a devoted husband and one of the greatest musicians in the world. Was an honour working with him and knowing him. X
Donation by Phil & Karen Docker on 10/12/11
In memory of a colleague and friend sadly missed
Donation by COMPUTER BOOKSHOPS LTD on 06/12/11
SHY really influenced me this past month, Fantastic musician real shame that we have lost yet another great guy. He will never be forgotten
Donation by Laura-Kate Howarth on 04/12/11
Steve - you were a perfect gentleman with a great sense of humour. Glad you enjoyed the day out at Arrowvale in July - we loved taking you and Debbie.
Donation by Rob & Julie Wickstead on 01/12/11
+ £7.50 Gift Aid
Hope you're giving Jimi and Gary a few lessons mate, say hello to Paul Kossof, all great players, but..you had'em.
Donation by Roy Davis on 23/11/11
+ £12.50 Gift Aid
Your wonderful music and the memories of your friends will remain forever. Simply irreplacable.
Donation by Anonymous on 18/11/11
+ £25.00 Gift Aid
You were the best friend anyone could have asked for, it was an absolute honor! You will be very sadly missed. Be at peace!
Donation by Antony Blacker on 17/11/11
+ £5.00 Gift Aid
Steve your memory lives on your friends will support Deb just exactly as you wanted, A and S xx
Donation by H Andrew Warwick on 16/11/11
+ £12.50 Gift Aid
Such a tragic loss of talent and a really good guy. With love and fond memories from Uncle Brian and Pat. xxx
Donation by Brian Cooper on 16/11/11
+ £25.00 Gift Aid
So many memories. Love you both. What a cruel world. Forever in our thoughts. NC/JC
Donation by Norma Cooper on 16/11/11
Donation by Roy Harfield on 15/11/11
+ £5.00 Gift Aid
- * Online donations£2,795.00
- Offline donations£4,058.12
- Text donations£0.00
- Total raised£6,853.12
- Gift Aid£278.75
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