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EPIC CHALLENGE: Stanmore’s Harrison’s in a spin for charity

 Published on: 6th May 2020   |   By: Tim Green   |   Category: Uncategorized

Inspired by Captain Tom Moore, a nine-year-old boy has come up with his own charity challenge and is aiming to reach more than a million hula hoops by his 10th birthday next month.

Harrison Franks and his mum Justine wanted to raise money for charities affected by the pandemic.

Justine told StanmoreNews where the idea came from. 

She said: “Harrison’s always been good at hula-hooping and I have been doing it for a long time. When he was four, he took part in a talent show and came third doing it. He and I are aware of the impact the coronavirus is having on the income of charities and, after watching Captain Tom, we thought it would be great if we could do something. 

“It’s essential to raise money for the NHS but there are other charities who have been affected too.

At the end of last month, Harrison, Justine and their supporting team of Bow, Claire, Amanda, Ellie, Michelle, Sydney, Harrison’s teachers Mrs Shmuel, Mrs Rosenthal, Georgie & William and Heather, who works at the Woodland Hall Care Home in Stanmore and are aiming to collectively reach the ambitious target by the time Harrison turns ten on June 9.

They began their epic challenge on April 25 and, as StanmoreNews was published, should be around the halfway mark

Harrison explained: “We each do about 100 spins every minute, so if we all hula hoop for 22 minutes each day starting Saturday, April 25, we can individually achieve over 100,000 spins (that’s 2.200 hula hoops every day for 46 days) and together we can reach the goal and hopefully raise lots of money on the way.”

The team will be raising money for Crohn’s and Colitis UK as Justine is a Chron’s and also a trustee of the charity.

Harrison added: “She tells me that even though they’ve had to cancel all their events and have lost much of their income because of coronavirus, they are helping more people than ever right now.”

So far, the team has raised £1,216. To donate, go to and search for Harrison and his 1 Million Hula Hoops Team challenge

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