A Touching Tribute to Former Variety Employee and Supporter Harry Ellis-Grewal
Since their loss, Harry’s friends and family have been supporting Variety, the Children’s Charity in Harry’s memory. The memorial concert was not only a touching way to commemorate the anniversary of Harry’s death, but it was also the latest of the family’s fundraising efforts for our charity.
Harry was a kind and thoughtful person with a naturally charitable nature. After university, he looked for a career that would allow him to give something back. Harry secured a part-time corporate fundraising role at Variety, the Children’s Charity. His time here was the happiest time of his life, according to his family. Not only did Harry love working in Camden, but he felt a real connection to our work.
Harry unfortunately had to leave Variety, the Children’s Charity during the COVID-19 pandemic. His passion for the charity, however, continued, and he remained a supporter. Harry’s friends and family have been working closely with us in honour of his memory.
The concert was held at Leytonstone Social Club in Wanstead. 130 people attended the concert, with some travelling from as far away as Paris to be there. Harry’s former band, The Rodents, reformed for a special one-off performance. They were followed by local band The Replacement Hipsters.
Leytonstone Social Club were incredibly supportive hosts and did not charge for use of the venue, allowing all proceeds to come directly to Variety, the Children’s Charity. Musicians also performed for free, helping Harry’s family to raise £1579.20 to help disabled and disadvantaged children in Harry’s memory.
Variety, the Children’s Charity would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Harry’s friends and family, Leytonstone Social Club, and the evening’s performers for such incredible support in memory of a wonderful person.