New St Albans charity celebrates successful inaugural year

PUBLISHED: 13:30 18 December 2018 | UPDATED: 11:33 24 December 2018

The Harry-Krish Mootoosamy Foundation St Albans Half-Marathon team. Picture: Anna-Ruby Yates

The Harry-Krish Mootoosamy Foundation St Albans Half-Marathon team. Picture: Anna-Ruby Yates

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A new St Albans charity is celebrating raising a whopping £11,500 in its inaugural year.

Anna-Ruby giving a cheque from The Harry-Krish Mootoosamy Foundation. Picture: Anna-Ruby YatesAnna-Ruby giving a cheque from The Harry-Krish Mootoosamy Foundation. Picture: Anna-Ruby Yates

A new St Albans charity is celebrating raising a whopping £11,500 in its inaugural year.

Founder Anna-Ruby Yates has fundraised thousands for Pancreatic Cancer UK after her brother, Harry-Krish Mootoosamy, passed away from the illness in 2014.

The 39-year-old lost his battle after seven months.

In September 2017, Anna-Ruby registered a new charity called The Harry-Krish Mootoosamy Foundation to honour two of his passions - children and music.

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It will still raise awareness of pancreatic cancer, while supporting music projects for terminally ill children run by charities including Keech Hospice Care, Teens Unite Fighting Cancer, Momentum, and Children’s Hospice South West.

The St Albans community has thrown its support behind the project, helping to raise £11,500 in just over one year and starting with the fourth annual 80s Disco at the Old Albanian Rugby Club this January.

In May, family and friends came together at St Columba’s College to play games, listen to music and have a fun afternoon for the Mootoo-Picnic.

A glamorous black tie ball was held at the Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott Hotel in June, with guests including those who knew and loved Harry-Krish.

A glamorous black tie ball as held at the Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott Hotel in June. Picture: Anna-Ruby YatesA glamorous black tie ball as held at the Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott Hotel in June. Picture: Anna-Ruby Yates

A group of 11 children raised £1,165 by completing a Mini Triathlon in July.

They swum around Westminster Lodge pool, cycled the Alban Way, and ran around Longacres Park.

Anna-Ruby praised the youngsters: “It was an early start but their energy levels were high. We were all blown away with their passion, determination and dedication.”

She also thanked St Columba’s College: “The school has been beyond supportive of our family and our cause these past few years. Harry-Krish was Class of ‘93.

Beauty Salon Summer Party. Picture: Anna-Ruby YatesBeauty Salon Summer Party. Picture: Anna-Ruby Yates

“Each year we have held a festival or family picnic at the school and this year was no exception either.”

Harry-Krish’s band, The Kid Gloves, has also raised money from a local gig, and an author, Leilani Sparrow, dedicated her new book, My Best Friends, to him.

Some fundraising events are already in the pipeline for 2019, including a seven-year-old who is braving the cold water of the St Albans Polar Bear Plunge on January 1.

Anna-Ruby said: “Alongside our work, we are always taken aback by gestures and thoughts from family and friends.”

A group of 11 children raised £1,165 by completing a Mini Triathlon. Picture: Anna-Ruby YatesA group of 11 children raised £1,165 by completing a Mini Triathlon. Picture: Anna-Ruby Yates

For more information about the foundation, email info@hkmfoundation.org

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