Fundraising Activities

A range of fundraising activities, whether they be small or large, are valuable to the existence of the Memorial Trust, without which it would not be able to serve others.
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Puddings & Performance: November 12th 2022

The concert raised around £5000, featuring acts from jazz band KERBB Your Enthusiasm, stand up from Rory Maybery and a great musical collection from Moonlight Medicine Club.


Eleanor Huish New York Marathon: November 6th 2022

Eleanor: “Running the NY marathon for BHMT was incredible! The huge cheering crowds in Central Park got me through the last few painful miles as well as everyone who donated!”


Movember 2022

Well done to Connor and Elliot, friends of Joseph Harris at KES School, for raising over £700 to support mental health.


Big Stratford 10k: September 4th 2022

Ben Carr: "After a summer of too much good food and too little exercise I dragged myself round Stratford 10k this morning, and raised a few pennies in the process."


Nottingham Outlaw Iron Distance Triathlon: July 24th 2022

Nathan completed his goal of a sub 14 hour Ironman!


Cotswold Half Ironman June 2022 & July 2022

Weather conditions were slightly different across the two events!


Stratford-upon-avon (+Half)Marathon: April 24th 2022

It was lovely to see the Stratford marathon return after an absence of two years. Over 2100 people took to the roads for the half and full marathon on a sunny, dry and breezy day.

Attempting his first full marathon was Tom Dyble, local alumni from KES School, who flew round the first lap, looking effortless and relaxed. Although hampered on the second lap with cramp, he was able to finish in a very respectable time of 4 hours 22 minutes, still able to smile and joke about the very tough six mile stretch on the Greenway, which was made even harder with a headwind.

Also competing on the day were KES headmaster Ben Carr and Mark Stevens, who finished in 1h42 and 1h45 respectively.


BHMT Clay Shoot: May 8th 2021

Despite the very wet and windy conditions on the day, the BHMT Clay Shoot was a resounding success. Delayed by exactly one year, and with the uncertainty of COVID-19 restrictions, it was with much relief that the event went ahead. A team of 20 helpers, including family and friends as well as Trustees, Naomi and Josh, ensured the event ran smoothly for the 75 shooters and the mood was jubilant! A sumptuous buffet was served alongside endless pieces of cake and hot drinks. The day was concluded with an entertaining auction, conducted by Clive Roads, and an impressive raffle. The Trust is most grateful to all those who donated to both the auction and the raffle, which together raised £4,000. The finale was an exciting prize giving with stunning ceramic medals made by Alice Crane. High Gun was claimed by Joe Hale, however there were only three clays between the next three competitors, Jeremy Preece, Phil Keatley and Paul Stokes.


The Bunny Hop Race: April 11th 2021

Our first experience of a Virtual race was a great success as six runners set off from the Old Bathing Place in Stratford-on-Avon for the Half Marathon. The Scales family with Richard, Chris and Livvi running together were joined by Josh Beer, the man responsible for the 13.1 mile course to Long Marston and back. The well-planned route took the runners along the river, over the bridge and on to the Greenway with no hitches. Conditions were perfect for the runners, with a cold start to the day which developed into a sunny but still morning. The Greenway looked beautiful with blossom everywhere. Leading the race were KES Headmaster, Ben Carr and running partner, Mark Stevens who completed the race in 1 hour 47 minutes. Josh was next home in just over two hours followed by Livvi, Chris and Richard. The runners were greeted by Miranda and Roy and presented with post- race coffees and plenty of good cheer.

In Birmingham, Louisa McGonigal took on the virtual marathon and had a storming run finishing in 4 hours 5 minutes, despite snow and less clement weather than further south. She was encouraged by Alex Markland and her housemates, who can be seen below greeting her at the finish line. Here’s what Louisa said, “Can't believe I've managed to do it, and for such a great cause! Proud to have done it for the Beer-Harris Memorial Trust. There were a lot of highs and lows - a low definitely being the snow, or the distance between 35-40km. A high was being joined by Alex halfway, and my housemates making me a banner and a fake medal!”


Movember: November 2020

Jacob Laurent, Connor Lawson-Evans, Elliot Tawney, Tom Dyble, Will Lindsay and Reiss Krygier-Mclaren from Joseph’s school, King Edward VI (KES) in Stratford joined our Chairman, Roy Harris in growing a moustache for the month of November. Between them they raised awareness for mental health looking through a male lens and nearly £2,000 for the Trust.


London Marathon: October 3rd 2020

When Trust administrator, Naomi Beer announced she had entered the Virtual London Marathon we were all somewhat surprised, to say the least, but it wasn’t long before we could see she was serious. “Running a marathon had come off my bucket list a long time ago - I am really not a runner,” says Naomi. “Strictly walking or dancing for me. So, when the virtual marathon was announced, with the opportunity to complete the distance within a whole 24 hours, run, walk or crawl, I thought, ‘this may be my one and only chance to do it’ and I signed up. On the day, it rained buckets and I was quite a sight with my gear plus umbrella aloft for the whole 26.2 miles. To my amazement I made it, even raising double my target for the Trust (over £3,000). It just goes to show that you never know what’s possible until you try!” Naomi completed the Marathon in 6 hours 25 minutes and she is a great inspiration to anyone who has doubts about their abilities.


It’s a Knockout Quiz: June 28th - July 26th 2020

Thanks to Dave Beer and his team for their remarkable talent and tenacity in creating our very own Quiz. Nineteen teams took part in the five-round quiz, with the last two rounds in ‘University Challenge’ style with ‘buzzers’. As well as the kudos of becoming the winners of the inaugural BHMT quiz, winners received a week at Seagull Cottage in Pembrokeshire and runners up were surprised with the promise of a long weekend end break at the same cottage. The final was a nail-biting experience for those watching live, battled out by Professor Quiz Whitty (KES school) and Disciples of Ben (Oxford University). Despite the unexpected appearance of Bennet Carr, Headmaster of KES school, who had not only written several of the questions, but read them out too, PQW clinched the victory.


2.6 Challenge: April 26th 2020

BHMT took advantage of a national campaign in April, raising over £16,000 in about a week. Many supporters joined with the Trustees in a range of activities included juggling, dancing, baking, lawn mowing and gardening for 2.6 hours, running, cycling and walking for 2.6 to 26 miles and even taking part in a 26-game international cribbage tournament and a 26-obstacle course for children! This was such a fun campaign, where many people came together all over the UK and even in Germany to do something different and raise money for the BHMT.


Christmas Pub Quiz December 2019

There was a fantastic turnout to this private Christmas pub quiz, held in a cosy pub in central London. The event began with a merry and festive atmosphere, the bar heaving, and this jovial spirit lasted throughout the proceedings. This was in no small part thanks to the hosts and organisers Ryan, Omeid and Keerut, friends of Joseph Harris from Warwick University. Their lively and entertaining style of hosting was well received by the quiz attendants, which included 14 teams of 6 members each. The quiz included innovative rounds including identifying celebrities faces who had been merged, an elimination round, geography, music, guess the pricetag and a special satirically themed pictorial round.

In attendance was Santa Hats, a team of six representing the Beer-Harris Memorial Trust: Miranda & Roy; Georgie & Nicky (pictured with Roy), Roy's daughter and her friend; and brothers Josh & David, nephews of Miranda and Roy. The BHMT team's artist impression came 2nd place and overall the team finished in joint 3rd place.

The quiz raised nearly £2000 and the organisers chose to donate this money to the Beer-Harris Memorial Trust in memory of Joseph Harris. The trust is grateful to Ryan, Omeid and Keerut as well as all those who participated. Miranda Harris expressed her heartfelt gratitude during the event and also outlined some of the upcoming fundraising events.


Stratford-upon-avon Triathlon, 6th October 2019

The Beer Harris Memorial team took part in The Warwickshire Sprint triathlon for the third time since local triathlete Joseph Harris lost his life while on a ‘gap year’ in South Africa. Joseph had captained a Triathlon team from local KES school on several occasions, in the lead up to his first appearance in the GB Age Group under 20’s in 2013.

Following in his footsteps was Josh Beer, who had never considered triathlon as a sport before the tragic loss of his cousin, but since his first triathlon in April 2018, seems bitten by the same bug as Joseph. Josh works as a mental health nurse in an acute unit in Southampton and had driven up the night before for the race, after completing a long shift. Fortunately neither this nor the lack of sleep seemed to affect his performance and he was delighted to improve on his times since completing the same event a year before. Josh and his aunt, Miranda, Joseph’s mother are currently training for an ironman, having recently finished half the distance at Cotswold Classic 113 events.

Josh was the first of the team to set off on the 400m swim at 08.38, followed by Nigel Gundry and Nick Lugar Mawson at 08.46 in dry, still and cool conditions for the 18km bike. Finally Suzelie Gundry and Linda Crawt were underway by 10.30, by which time it was warmer but also breezier. Suzelie and Nigel had played a key role in Joseph’s life and were both deeply affected by his loss. What better way to show support than to complete a triathlon? Suzelie and Linda had both completed the Blenheim triathlon in June, but for Nigel and Nick, it was their very first event.

Considered all team members were fairly new to triathlon, they pulled some impressive results out of the bag. Josh was first home in 1:07:05 with a finishing place of 75th. He was followed by Nigel in 1:21, who was delighted to be able to run 5km after major surgery on his ankle earlier in the year. Linda came 6th in her age group with a time of 1:23, and Nick finished in 1:35, having lost some time in transition locating his bike. Probably the most notable performance of the day was from Suzelie, who had never swum, cycled or run before she started training in January for her first event. She quoted, after she finished in 1:31, “It was a great day. All in Joseph’s honour. He was truly missed today, as always but so present in our thoughts.” The Trust has raised nearly £65,000 since Joseph died and has plans to continue fundraising in 2020 with a calendar of events to be announced soon.

The Trust, originally founded in memory of Joseph’s uncle Dominic Beer, aims to fund and promote sustainable and inclusive projects, which directly support both younger adults, including university students suffering from mental health issues and adults suffering from severe mental illness. In addition the Trust seeks to raise awareness for mental health and identify strategies through research to reduce the risk factors for mental illness.


Stratford 10k, 8th September 2019

Conditions could not have been much better for the Stratford Big 10km run on Sunday September 8 2019 with blues skies and little breeze. Trustee member Miranda Harris joined 100’s of other runners in the morning sun to run the picturesque course, which took them out of Stratford on Avon for three miles before returning to the busy town via the Greenway and back past the Royal Shakespeare theatre to the riverside finish line. Since her long distance triathlon in August, Miranda had barely tested her legs to see if they had recovered from the seven hour ordeal, and was therefore surprised to run the 10km in 56 minutes, a personal best since 2014.

Waiting at the finish line was Bennet Carr, Headmaster of KES grammar school in Stratford, where Joseph spent seven happy years, Carr was delighted with his target time of 45 minutes and has pledged to run a total of 10 races over the next few months in support of the Trust. Also supporting the Trust was Joseph’s former chemistry teacher, Rachel Biggs who came in just over the hour and was also pleased to be running and getting fitter again. Miranda remembered the occasion when Ms Biggs lent Joseph her walking shoes on a Duke of Edinburgh expedition.

Miranda will be undertaking a full Ironman, with her nephew and fellow Trustee Josh Beer, and this recent success has given her confidence to start the challenging training schedule.


Half Ironman 113 Event Cotswolds 4th August 2019

Despite missing a turn on the way there, possibly due to the incredibly early 3am start, Josh and Miranda unintentionally succeeded in a spectacular queue jump for the car parking and arrived very promptly at Cotswold Water Park, where the 113 Half Ironman was hosted. The event was organised by Graeme and Nicci Hardie and his team.

After the bikes were racked along with all the necessary equipment for the race, they made their way down to the lake by which time the sun had risen and the waters looked calm and inviting. However for Beer Harris Memorial Team, this part of the race was anticipated as being anything but calm. As Josh had yet to experience the joys of an open water triathlon, the Team decided to keep a wide berth from the other 150 swimmers from wave 4, which set off at 6.30am. Much to their surprise this section of the race went swimmingly and apart from some misjudged sighting, the 1900 meters flew by. Both exited the swim together and after a rather steady transition, were off on the 56 mile bike course.

Despite a few mechanicals, the course was well mastered and the Team completed the distance in their target time. Some over enthusiasm from the more experienced rider led to a very challenging half marathon for her to finish the race. This involved three gruelling but scenic laps, plenty of water stops, including a hose shower and much encouragement from many supporters including Roy, who was in a prime position to cheer them on at his marshalling position near the finish line. Team Beer Harris enjoyed the experience so much they have now committed to the full Ironman event in July 2020.

Josh and Miranda are grateful to the donors, who raised almost £800 for the trust, and were delighted with Graeme’s interest in the Trust and his very generous offer to sponsor their entry to the same event next year, which they will be used as a valuable training brick.
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BHMT Footy Tournament 13th July 2019

Out to match the success of the inaugural cricket match two weeks previously, 35 players enthusiastically took part in a thrilling football tournament at the University of Warwick on behalf of the Beer Harris Memorial Trust. Five teams, including subs, represented friends and family of the late Joseph Harris, who studied at the University between 2014-2017. Joseph himself was a regular user of the playing fields at Cryfield, where he captained the Lacrosse First team in his second year.

The tournament was another opportunity to raise funds for the Trust, which was founded originally after the death of Joseph’s uncle Dominic Beer, himself a very keen footballer. Three of Dominic’s sons, Charlie, Josh and Dave, partly made up the White team, and were expertly assisted by the measured and skilful approach of ex- professional Joel Ledgister, a past player for both Oxford United and Southend United, and family friend of the Beers for many years. Joel has since retired and now coaches young people in London, but his contribution to the five-aside tournament ensured a second place for his team, with 9 points and a goal difference of 12. Of particular note was expertise from eldest Beer, Charlie, who has inherited many of his Dad’s talents, including goal-keeping.

In third place were the Red team, captained by organiser John Milik, who finished with 6 points. John was one of Joseph’s closest friends at University and shared a passion for football, but not the same team! John’s team were made up of fellow Warwick University alumni. Not only did John organise the event expertly, but insisted on making an impressive selection of sandwiches, which contributed to the delicious cold buffet provided for the players and supporters.

School friends of Joseph’s put in a very convincing effort to represent the Blue team, alias KES ‘boys’. Many of the team including Piers Bradley, Jacob Laurent and Tom Dyble had played rugby with Joseph, as well as football on an informal basis, which was apparent in their tackling and goal-scoring. They finished with 3 points but 8 goals overall. This was similar to the Yellow team who consisted of a combination of University and school friends. They probably had the toughest challenge of all as they had to play the first four matches without a break so there wasn’t much left in the tank when they came to face the Whites! Although they scored 8 goals overall, they finished with zero points. However a special shout out goes to Yellow team member, Eimantus Piscaius, who scored the goal of the day with a rocket of a volley from top corner.

To contribute to a superb weekend of sport, ‘Lads on Touré’, a semi-serious team of University friends, professionally kitted out in Orange football shirts, smashed the goals in with top scorer of the day, Omeid Naraghi-Shah, assisted by his cousin Kaspar Naraghi, and mates Ryan Davies, Michael Lacey and Daniel Osie, who played some powerful shots to take home the prestigious winners medals with 12 points and a total of 20 goals.

Overall the event has raised over £1000 and has inspired Trust members to consider a UK Football Tour in 2020. As well as a fun event, this is an opportunity for the Trust to raise awareness for mental health in particular in the younger adults (18-25), and those with severe mental health issues.

Other fundraising events on the cards are Cotswold Classic Middle Distance Triathlon in August, Stratford Big 10K, Stratford Triathlon in October, and for next year a concert to be held at KES VI school, a clay pigeon shoot and no doubt more triathlons and cricket matches.


BHMT Cricket Match 29th June 2019

The inaugural cricket match for the Beer Harris Memorial Trust took place in perfect summer conditions last Saturday. Despite being one of the hottest days of the year, a refreshing breeze and plenty of shade kept spectators cool, while things hotted up on the playing field. The match was generously hosted by KES school, at Manor Road playing fields, where Joseph Harris was a pupil for seven years. His parents Miranda and Roy had many fond memories watching Joseph take part in rugby, cricket and athletics, and it was their first return to the playing fields since Joseph’s tragic death in November 2017.

The two teams were captained expertly by David Beer, one of Joseph’s three cousins playing and Will Jenkins, close friend from Warwick University. The two teams represented family members including several members of both the Beer and Salter family, as well as Joseph’s University and school friends from KES. Although the match was played with a certain amount of competitive attitude, what shone through most was the camaraderie amongst those who knew Joseph and remembered him for his team spirit and inclusive approach to sporting activities.

The Beer Harris Memorial Trust was originally founded in 2013, following the death of Joseph’s uncle Dominic Beer and then extended after the death of Joseph. The Trust supports independent community projects who provide services for those with mental health issues. Since Joseph’s death the Trust has raised over £50,000 and the cricket event has made another significant contribution to this amount.

David’s team were first to bat and there were some notable performances from David himself, and from Henry Eyres, representing Warwick University, scoring 34 and 26 runs respectively. David was caught by Will Wood from Southam, and Henry was bowled and caught by David’s cousin Aaron Salter. A total of 152 runs for six was achieved in 30 overs, before the players stopped for a delicious cream tea provided by Dominic’s wife Naomi Beer and her team, including local friends Sarah Buttrick and Helen O’Leary, and school friend Jess Panchal. In the second 30 overs, Jenkins team put up a spirited attack and there was valuable support from KES friends Reiss Kreiger-Mclaren and Tom Dyble. Sadly Jack Hilton, who had provided expert wicket keeping beforehand, was unable to keep up his impressive play and was out for a duck. This provided added entertainment to the crowd from Warwick University, who relished in their fellow student’s early departure.

‘On behalf of the Trust, we are most grateful for the on-going support from Bennet Carr and his team at KES, and the use of the fields and facilities at Manor Road,’ says Miranda Harris, Trustee and mother of Joseph, ‘We look forward to our next fundraising event on July 13, a six-aside football tournament at Warwick University.’


June 2019 update on recent and upcoming fundraising events!

The Stratford marathon/half marathon held on April 29th was a huge success, around 20 runners taking part on the day and together raising in excess of £10,000 ! Our fastest runner for the half marathon, Simon Dunkley, posted a time of just over 1 hour 40 minutes. The team of half marathon runners included many of Joseph’s friends from school and university, plus friends Sean Abbott-Imboden and Jack Hilton who braved and completed the full marathon. A special well done also to Matilda Whitby who did a great run and raised a lot of money for the Trust. Check out the facebook page for more photos!

A very Tough Mudder team from Birmingham medical school, including Esther plus brothers Josh and Dave have raised £2500 for the event on 18th May. This was a group challenge overcome with good spirits and plenty of teamwork and camaraderie! The Trust is also grateful to the medics rugby club who chose the BHMT as their annual charity, donating a further £700.

Jacob from KES ran the Leeds half-marathon recently and Lucy Spence, a friend who Dominic and Joseph skied with several times is running the Nottingham half next weekend 15/16th June.

Miranda Harris’ and Dominic Beer’s step-sister Suzelie Gundry completed an open water triathlon at Blenheim on Saturday 1st June – an event Joseph participated in his teens – Suzelie’s children took part in their age groups Duathlons... all wearing Trust vests!!! £700 has been raised to date. The Trust would like to say well done to Suzelie in particular for overcoming this significant open water challenge.

The Trust looks forward to the Charity cricket match at KES on Saturday June 29 starting at 1:30pm. Will, Eleanor and Dave are the cricket organisers.

Josh Beer and Miranda Harris have signed up for the Cotswold Classic Half Ironman Triathlon on 4th August. This is an event Joseph and Miranda completed together in 2016.

There will be a charity football tournament at Warwick University on Saturday July 13 organised by John and Dave.

Stratford Big 10km on Sunday September 8. The KES headmaster from Joseph's school will be taking part for the Trust.

Stratford triathlon on Sunday October 6. Simon Dunkley has made a phenomenal fundraising effort for the Trust and will be completing his final of the series of 10 events here!


Upcoming Fundraising Activities, Spring/Summer 2019

We are delighted to give you an update on our Fundraising activities so far this year:
Simon Dunkley is well on his way to raising his target of £5000 through 10 races this year.
The Joe Harris Memorial Team are running the Stratford Half or full Marathon on April 28 and have targeted a minimum of £4850.
Esther Beer has organised a team of runners for the Tough Mudder at Belvoir Castle, Grantham on May 18.
John Milik has organised a football tournament at Warwick University on July 13.
Will Jenkins and Eleanor Huish, friends of Joseph through university, are planning to organise a charity cricket match during the summer.
Warwick Lacrosse Club continue to raise money through various activities.


Warwick University Lacrosse Club, December 2018

Warwick University Lacrosse Club continue to support the Trust and report they have had great fun whilst doing it. To raise the money during the Autumn term, they hosted a pub quiz (below) in which they got donations from local businesses for the prizes. In memory of Joseph, who they remembered as loving mixed lacrosse, they also hosted a successful mixed tournament (right). Between January-April term they have planned an auction, a Triathlon and more lacrosse competitions.


Team Crane take on the October triathlon! Stratford-upon-Avon, 7th October 2018

Well done to Geoff, Alice and Lizzie Crane who were inspired by Joseph to put in a brilliant relay time for the 'Warwick Sprint Triathlon'!

In the words of Alice:
"Well we did it! Team Crane swam, biked and ran for Joe. Liz was brilliant, Geoff put his all into the cycle and I managed the run (thanks to Julie’s physio treatment over the past 3 weeks). Thanks for all the support which has meant so much to us. Joe’s death hit us all hard which means doing something to raise the profile of a very worthy charity that was close to his heart is even more special. Looks as though we might be doing it again next April!"


Spring 2018 update on Sporting Fundraising Events

The first fundraising event in 2018 was the Stratford Sprint Triathlon, a race Joseph had taken part in several times, often finishing in the top 20. For many people who knew Joseph, this was their first triathlon. The event took place in April 2018 on a very cold and grey day, thankfully supported with a new bright orange gazebo for competitors and spectators to shelter from the wind.

The team included friends from Joseph’s grammar school, King Edward VII in Stratford on Avon; the University of Warwick, where Joseph studied Classical Civilisation and from his family, including his Aunt Naomi and cousin Josh Beer. Family friends, and colleagues and students of Joseph’s mother also took part, some making up a team of three. An impressive turnout of 28 competitors produced some very competitive results, lots of orange BHMT vests and several thousand pounds for the Trust. Top finisher was Josh was finished the 400m swim, 18km cycle and 5km run in 69 minutes, placing him in the top 10% overall, closely followed by University mate John Milik. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience and many have continued with their training for further events in the future.

The next event was the Stratford Marathon/Half Marathon, which took place on a very sunny day in May. Joseph had completed the full marathon himself in 2017, after only six weeks of training. A team of eight runners took part with all but two completing the half marathon. Harry Bills, another close friend from University, decided to try and beat Joseph’s marathon time from the previous year, but the hot weather got the better of him, however he alone raised £4000, which made every mile of the marathon worthwhile. Joseph’s mother Miranda was keen to reach the 18 mile marker, which she managed with the help of her cousin Charlotte, who ran the first 13 miles with her. The quickest competitor in the team was Will Jenkins, who finished the half marathon in 1 hour 45 minutes. Other solo events included marathons, cycle rides and even a 60th wedding anniversary party.

Some of events planned for the coming year include a football tournament, a cricket match, a Tough Mudder race and further triathlons and running/cycling races.


Joseph Harris Memorial Team, April 2018 Fundraising Event

The Joseph Harris Memorial Team comprising many friends, family members and supporters will be taking part in the Stratford Triathlon on 29th April 2018 to raise money for the Dominic Beer Memorial Trust. Joseph was a keen supporter of the Trust, a Trustee and one of its first fundraisers until his tragic death in November 2017. He was also a fine athlete who competed as part of the GB under 20s Triathlon team in 2013.

Please support this event if you can by visiting the Just Giving page


Nearly £10,000 raised at The Dominic Beer Memorial Trust Lunch, Tuesday September 20th 2016

We are very pleased to update you on our first major fundraising event of the Trust, and inform you of the amount raised through tickets sales, donations and the auction.

For those who attended, I hope you enjoyed the lunch venue at the Farmers Club and the chance to meet existing and new friends as well as family members of Dominic. The lunch provided an ideal opportunity to hear from both Naomi, Administrator and Stephen Pereira, Chairman of the Trust, who reminded us of Dominic’s work in the field of Mental Health, specialising in Intensive Care, and as co-founder of N.A.P.I.C.U. (National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care Units), which celebrated its 20th Anniversary last year.

We heard from representatives of two of the charities we have supported so far. Dr Laurence Church spoke on behalf of Oakleaf Enterprise, and Phil Warburton on behalf of the Geoff Ashcroft Community.

The lunch was followed by a light-hearted auction, expertly managed by cricket enthusiast and former school friend of Dominic’s Graham Carter, and aided by ‘spotter’ Roy Harris (see images to the right). Entering in to the spirit of the occasion, Graham started proceedings with his gavel and block, which helped to maintain momentum and control as he presented the wide range of generously donated items. There are too many to mention individually, but a few highlights were paintings by Dominic and plates made by a first cousin, David with designs inspired by other paintings by Dominic. Further donations to the auction were made on the day and this resulted in a total amount raised of £4000.

It is gratifying to know that we actually ‘sold out’ of the 60 lunch tickets available, which meant that together with very generous donations from those of you unable to attend the lunch, and proceedings from the auction, we raised over £10,000.

This will enable us to support several more self-funding, small-sized community projects working in areas of Mental Health to promote well-being and social inclusion through therapy, social interaction, training and recreation. The Trust will be meeting in the near future to assess new applications and discuss more fundraising ventures.

Whether you attended the lunch, made a donation and/or contributed to the auction, please accept our joint thanks for your generosity and thoughtfulness.

Miranda Harris, Trustee


Miranda & Joseph Harris Half Ironman - August 2016

Miranda and Joseph Harris took part in the Cotswold Classic Half Ironman event in August at Cirencester waterpark, as another way of remembering Dominic and raising funds for the Trust. Dominic was a great sportsman for many years and enjoyed football, cricket and running, the latter often with his sister, Miranda.

The middle distance triathlon consisted of a smooth 1900m lake swim, followed by an eventful 56 mile cycle with various mechanical issues and finished off with a half marathon run. Joseph supported his Mum throughout, although was very particular to point out to her that this was a non-drafting race so no tucking in behind him on the bike! At least he was able to encourage her as much as possible on the gruelling run.

The Harris duo, professionally supported by team manager Roy Harris, enjoyed the experience so much, they have decided to attempt the full distance next year. “Not only is it a personal challenge, but a great opportunity to raise funds and awareness for the DBMT,” says Joseph. “It is also a way of continuing Dominic’s incredible sporting legacy.”

Joseph and Miranda Harris, Trustees


OLCC-Beer XI Cricket Match - July 2015

On the 11th July 2015 a memorial cricket match was held at Leighton Park School Reading, where Dominic attended secondary school. The match was between the old boys of the school (OLCC) - with whom Dominic was an active member - and the Beer XI - family and friends that Dominic enjoyed playing sports with over the years.

The match was a splendid occasion, which began with the OLCC putting together a very respectable 204 runs from 40 overs in the first innings. The DB XI were on 116 for 6 with about 10 overs to spare when two of Dominic sons began a thrilling partnership. They managed to put in their best ever batting performances and reaching the climax of the whole match in the last over, needed just 2 runs from 3 balls. David was on 48 so hit out for a 4 thinking this was his last chance for a 50. He was bowled middle stump! The DB XI Captain came out. The tension was incredible. First ball... dot ball. Second ball... dot ball. Final ball... hit through the covers for 2 and the DB XI won off the last ball!

In the words of Naomi Beer: "Definitely a day to remember and of course, even the opposition were pleased with the outcome- everything was played in the true Dominic Beer spirit."

We are incredibly grateful towards the school, for their generosity in hosting the match and covering the cost of tea and to an anonymous donor, who helped cover the cost of lunch. We are also grateful to all those who donated to the Dominic Beer Memorial Trust and all who attended on the day for making the occasion.


Bill & Alison Cycle - August 2014

On the 10th August 2014 Bill and Alison Redfern took part in an incredible cycling fundraiser! The cheerful couple successfully completed the Prudential Ride 100 - taking them and 23,000 other pedalling enthusiasts from London’s iconic Olympic Park through Richmond park, Kingston and Surrey, back around passing by Wimbledon and finishing triumphantly at the gates of Buckingham palace. As you can see from their photo!

Significantly, Dominic’s wife Naomi was Alison’s bridesmaid, when marrying Bill, and their friendship has lasted since their school days together. Bill and Alison decided to give to the royal hospital for neuro-disabilities and towards the newly registered DBMT, raising over £700!

Alison was excited to share their experience of the ride with us:
This was the first time we had ever done anything like this. The furthest I had ridden was 56 miles, so we spent many hours improving our stamina and attempting to improve our speed, as we had to be able to complete the ride in 8.5 hours max.

The ride started wet, and as we got to Richmond Park, the heavens opened! There was so much surface water it was like riding in a stream, and we got stuck in a "traffic jam" of bikes because of flooding in the park and in Kingston. I don't think I have ever been so wet on a bike before! We finally took our waterproofs off at Leatherhead, only to put them on again 10 minutes later when the next thunderstorm rolled in. Chris Boardman described the weather as torrential, going though to Biblical, and ending with horrendous! He had an earlier start time, so had finished his ride before the rain stopped!

I moaned about my big heavy bike all through training, but on the day, the big tyres with puncture protection were ideal! There were riders mending punctures all along the ride - some people punctured several times due to the weather bringing grit onto the road.

The only big hill left in the ride was Newlands Corner, just before the 50 mile point. We had not climbed it before and we were surprised at how steep it was, but pleased that despite our old and relatively heavy bikes, we managed to climb up without stopping, passing lots of people pushing their bikes up! What kept us going? Bill says jelly babies! But also the special energy flapjacks I made....but seriously, I think all the hard training paid off.

We have happy memories of the many people who came out to cheer us on our way, despite the weather. They also helped to keep us going, and helped to make a wonderful atmosphere. We have put our names in the ballot for next year - maybe we will get to do the full 100 miles next time! There were times on the ride that we found tough, but many enjoyable parts, too and there was a great sense of achievement when we finished.

It was a great experience to cycle London streets with no traffic. It will be the only time we could ride the wrong way along the A12!


In June 2013, Joseph Harris demonstrated great integrity when, after winning his school's version of the Apprentice, he decided to donate all of his hard-earned £100 cash prize to the Trust. We thank Joseph for his generosity of spirit - if only we could say the same for the contestants over on BBC1!

The Beer-Harris Memorial Trust (formerly The Dominic Beer Memorial Trust) is a registered charity in England (1155652)