Henry’s Odyssey (scroll down to view artworks)

Our aim is to give 50% of funds raised to ‘Children with Cancer UK’ and 50% for an end of treatment adventure for Henry. We are planning a fundraising exhibition of postcard sized artworks at a venue in Norwich, September (Childhood Cancer Awareness Month) 2018 and invite donations of original artwork from artists working in any medium. If you would like to donate an artwork please send it to: Sarah Cannell, 27 Caxton Road, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 9DS with your name, artwork title and medium written on the back. The artwork can be any medium but needs to be A6 / postcard size. Deadline for receiving artworks is 20th August but the sooner we receive them the more interest we can generate.

Mandell’s Gallery in Norwich have kindly agreed to support Henry’s Odyssey by hosting the exhibition and sale of artworks between Wednesday 29th August to Sunday 2nd September 2018.  There will be a PV on Tuesday 28th August 5.30-9pm and all artworks will be sold for £40 on a first come, first served basis. The artworks will be available to view here alongside a list of artists and on Instagram at #henrysodyssey. Scroll to the bottom of this page to see artworks donated so far. The individual pieces will remain anonymous until they have been purchased, for fun!

Henry was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) on January 9th 2016 when he had just turned 7. Within 48 hours his whole life had been turned upside down and an ambulance ride to Addenbrookes confirmed his diagnosis with intensive chemotherapy treatment starting immediately. The first 6 months of treatment threw relentless physical and psychological challenges at Henry with hideous side effects from chemo and steroids which caused a lot of pain, weight gain, anger and restricted mobility. Hen is now 2 years into 3 years of ‘maintenance’ treatment which for boys with ALL means 3 years of daily chemo, weekly antibiotics and blood tests, monthly check ups, 3 monthly chemo under sedation and emergency stays in hospital if Hen’s temperature goes over 38c. Henry has to be within 90 minutes drive of a UK hospital at any time for the duration of the 3 years. Despite all of these challenges Henry is doing very well, attending school and playing with his friends, to look at him now you wouldn’t know that he was on treatment for Leukaemia.

When Hen’s treatment finishes on 9th March 2019 he will still need to take antibiotics for another 6 months and will need monthly check ups but hopefully he will be able to rebuild his strength and start to live a normal life and catch up with his childhood. We really want to be able to raise money to make sure that Henry has an awesome summer seeing friends and visiting places which have been restricted for so long. Caring for a sick child has a big psychological impact on parents and family but also affects day to day work and finances and without some help we won’t be able to give Henry the end of treatment adventure that we think he deserves.

Along what has felt like an Odyssey through a strange world we have met many other children with cancer all dealing with intensive treatments with traumatic side effects. Some of these cancers can be cured, some can’t and some are managed but require even longer treatment with possible relapse. That is why we are fundraising jointly for ‘Children with Cancer UK’ as they are funding crucial research into finding cures, improving treatments and reducing long term side effects of all childhood cancers.

Artworks very kindly donated by: Mary Armstrong, Tobias Arnup, Malcolm Ashman (RBA, RWA, ROI), David Baldwin, Nick Ball, John Bardell, Hilary Barry, Kate Batchelor, Martin Battye, Lynda Baxter, Sarah Bays, Mungo Behm, Lesley Birch, Garlinda Birkbeck, Dawn Bond, Laura Bos, Peter Bouchier, Amelia Bowman, Lucy Boydell, Anne Burrell, Margaret Cahill, James Campbell, Judith Campbell, Robert Campbell, Laura Cannell, Sarah Cannell, Claire Cansick, Darren Cashmore, Lauren Cashmore, Linda Chapman, Michael Chapman, Barbara Charlish, Hazell Childs, Jane Christian, Liz Clark, Rebecca Clifford, Nell Close, Judy Cobden, Lara Cobden, Rita Colebeck, Katarzyna Coleman, Linda Combi, Paul Cope, Johanne Couldrey, Eileen Coxon, Jack Crampton, Graham Crowley, Malcolm Cudmore, Curly Mark, David Davies, Patricia Davies, Natasha Day, Silvi Debernardi, Don Dibbins, Louise Dougherty, Ingrid Dufy, Ronald Durban, Gail Durbin, Anthea Eames, Ashley Elder, Patrick Elder, Rosemary Elliott, Caroline Evans, Charlotte Evans, Katie Falcon, Tor Falcon, Pam Fielder, Paul Finn, Gwyneth FitzMaurice, Cornelia FitzRoy, Beth Forrester, Emma Forrester, Noelle Francis, Luis Frutos, Kate Giles, Glenys Grimm, Susan Gunn, Martine Gwynne, Brigitte Anne Hague, Elisabeth Hagwin, Maggi Hambling, Hannah Hardy, Bridget Heriz, Bryn Hillier, Alexander Hinks, AnnaLise Horsley, Helen Howes, Elizabeth Humphries, Caroline Hyde Brown, Jayne Ivimey, Kieta Jackson, Noreen Jackson, Ann Marie James, Clare Johnson, David Johnson, Sara Johnson, Brenda Jones, Jacqui Jones, Orson Kartt, Lindsay Keir, Yusuf Keten, Pamela Key, John Kiki, Brian Korteling, Diana Lamb, Martin Laurence, Tory Lawrence, Andrew Laws, Annie Lawson, Chrissy Leech, John Link, Mary Littlefield, Chloe Mandy, Curly Mark, Amber Martin, Pam Martin, Diana McKenna, Valerie McMullen, Mary Mellor, Claire Mills, Richard Mills, Nicole Minton, Linda Moore, Marguerite Moore, Jane Mitchell-Finch, Nikkita Morgan, Mary Muir, Gill Munn, Tessa Newcomb, Colin Nicholas, Sue Nicholas, Dee Nickerson, Emry Parry, Sam Perkins, Sara Perkins, Jacqui Petrie, Colin Pettifor, Maddy Pikarsky, Molly Piper, Neil Piper, Andrew Pitt, Lilian Pitt, Vanessa Pooley, Mark Richardson, Kirsten Riley, Anne Rippin, Fiona Roberts, Jayne Robinson, Tracey Ross, Sandra Rowney, Ian Sainsbury, Richard Salt, Jane Sanger, Louise Saul, Carol Saunderson, Malca Schotten, Colin Self, Meryem Siemmond, Lindsay Slade, Nicola Slattery (RBA), Joni Smith, Mary Spicer, Fern Spray, Nicky Stainton, Karen Stamper, Louise Stebbing, Ann Marie Stevens, Annemarie, Stirling, Nessie Stonebridge, Soledad Strangward, Marion Stuart, Will Teather, Dom Theobald, Rachel Thomas, Amanda Thompson, Helen Timbury, Kerry Timewell, Yvonne Tobin, David Thomas, Graham Thomas, Jen Thomas, Kerry Timewell, Corrin Tulk, Brenda Unwin, Laure Van Minden, Vanessa Vargo, Jan Vincent, Sharon Virtue, Mandy Walden, Nicholas Ward, Philip Walmsley, Zheni Warner, Jocelyn Wickham, Emma Wilkinson, Juliet Wimhurst, Anna Woodman, Terry Wright + more artists to come!! The artworks will be added to this page as they arrive.

We will be holding a silent auction for ‘Mother and Child’ by Vanessa Pooley. The sculpture will be on display at the Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail in Raveningham between 17.08.18 – 26.08.18 and at Mandell’s Gallery in Norwich between 28.08.18 – 01.09.18. You can download a voting form here HO Silent Auction Vanessa Pooley.

Vanessa Pooley Mother & Child
Mother and Child Sculpture








To simply donate cash to Henry’s Odyssey please go to our just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/henrysodyssey