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‘VERY PROUD’: St Albans teenager who raised more than £30,000 for charity wins award

 Published on: 11th June 2024   |   By: Panayiota Demosthenous   |   Category: Uncategorized

A St Albans teenager who has raised thousands of pounds for a cancer charity has been given a prestigious award from the Prime Minister.

Harry Smith, 13, has raised more than £30,000 for The Brain Tumour Charity after losing his younger sister, Emily, to a diffuse midline glioma in 2022.

Harry has renamed April as Active April, dedicating the month each year to raising money in memory of his sister. Last year, Harry swam a mile, climbed Scafell Pike and cycled 75km. This year, he has swum the length of a marathon in 26 days.

To thank him for his efforts, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has awarded Harry a Points of Light Award, which is given to outstanding individual volunteers who are making a positive change in their community.

Harry said: “I miss my sister so much and would not wish this grief on anyone. Fundraising will always be a part of my life and I will continue to push on to help find a cure for brain tumours like Emily’s.”

Harry’s parents, Sarah and Andy, said: “We are so very proud of Harry’s achievements. He was the best brother to Emily and fundraising is a way of keeping her memory alive. She would be so proud of Harry receiving this award.

“Thank you for recognising Harry’s efforts. It’s so important that young people can feel they can contribute and influence change just as much as adults.”

To donate to Harry’s fundraiser, please visit

Photo credit: Just Giving – Harry Smith YFY



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