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 Royal Recognition of John Hulley - the forgotten man of British Olympic historyhull plq 564564 4

by Ray Hulley

Some members may recall my article published in the July-August 2012 edition of the Journal of One-Name Studies entitled “John Hulley Olympic Instigator”. This was published to coincide with the opening of the London Olympic Games.

I had been attracted initially to the John Hulley story, not only because he may have been a long-lost relative, but because he had a vision of the benefits of physical exercise and its place in the life of ordinary people. My interest was stimulated by an article written by the late Dr. Don Anthony, an ex-Olympic athlete and Executive Member of the International Society of Olympic Historians in the Winter 2001 edition of the Journal of Olympic History entitled "Organic Olympism or Olympic Orgy. - The Roots of Modern Olympism." (Note the clever use of the 5 Olympic rings in the title!). The mystery of his disappearance from the annals of Olympic history made it even more challenging to a family historian.

My researches of John Hulley started by tracing his grave in Smithdown Road cemetery. This was in a terrible condition with the almost unreadable headstone detached from the grave covers and the stonework adversely affected by over 130 years of atmospheric pollution. I decided to raise funds for its renovation and thanks to donations from the International Olympic Committee, the British Olympic Foundation, members of the public and of my family, I engaged Messrs Welsbys to undertake the work. The results were amazing, with the white marble
being brought back to its original colour. A re-dedication ceremony was held in June 2009 conducted by the Rev. Graham Murphy Minister of Toxteth Park chapel where John Hulley had been married. Revd. Murphy ended his address with the following: “Until now, Hulley has suffered from obscurity following his early death. Let the restoration of his grave be an end to that. It is with great pleasure that I declare this restoration to be the granting to John Hulley of a place in history, which he undoubtedly deserves. READ MORE - CLICK HERE

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Journey for Peace Comics 

The Journey for Peace began during St Vincent’s Enrichment Programme, Shenanigans class. Using the Liverpool Heartbeat Sculptor Trial Map, the pupils ‘walked’ their way around the statues of Liverpool, imagining the conversations they might have with the likes of John Hulley and Ken Dodd and the wonderful Journey for Peace essay was born. The essay earned global recognition when it won a Lions International competition and was read out aloud at Westminster and the United Nations in New York, by Shenanigans class member, Joe Crossley. The Journey for Peace begins at the John Hulley collage at Lime Street Station.

The Collage and The Journey for Peace Comics were donated by Liverpool Heartbeat.

It is Liverpool Heartbeats intention to include the Journey of Peace into the Liverpool Heartbeat Tom Murphy Liverpool Sculptor Trail Map.

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Each comic from one to seven has one of these keys in this order

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Liverpool Heartbeat

 robinLiverpool Heartbeat has been inspiring young people in the Northwest and Merseyside to pursue healthy, exciting, fulfilled life styles since its formation in 2002. And we're loving every minute.

Founded by Robin Baynes MBE the charity continues to support local youth organisations across the region. We've raised hundreds of thousands of pounds and invested every penny back into the community.

Aquathons, triatholons, bike rides, bee projects, dance and music, boxing, karate, football, rugby, mountain climbing and open water swimming, over the years we've supported it all!

Culminating in our founding of the John Hulley Lagacy a series of sporting events that we have nurtured and supported towards achieving self sustaining financial success.

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Formed in 2001 by Robin Baynes MBE Liverpool Heartbeat helps young people in North WestEngland participate in society as independent,mature,responsible individuals by installing career and lifestyles aspirations. It achieves this by providing advice and assistance, organising educational programmes.

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Robin Baynes MBE


Robin has dedicated his life to providing homes for the most vulnerable in our society.

Robin has swum the English channel.

He's re established the Cross Mersey Swim.

He's lobbyed successfully for the City of Liverpool to officially recognise John Hulley as a son of the city. READ MORE

  Robin has come out of retirement


A tribute to everyone involved with Liverpool Heartbeat


 Liverpool Heartbeat Calendar 2020

Relaunch of 10,000 Tom Murphy Sculptor Trail Maps,

Annual Boxing Tournament (Birkenhead)
Organised by Liam Hanlon from Tri-4-Life.

March - June - September
Brand New Magazine
Three New Issues of Liverpool Heartbeat/ Might Quinn Management.
Featuring the work of Merseyside’s Talent of Tomorrow along side Comic Book Greats Lew Stringer, Russ Leach, Nigel Parkinson, Dicky Howett, and children’s book illustrator Holly Bushnell! All this and Eddie Izzard !!!!!!

8th & 9th May
River Mersey Festival

6th June
Bret Jones 10K and Under 16s Junior Golden Mile Superhero Run
Enter on the Day by Donatio

John Hulley Event in the Vicinity of the John Hulley Statue adjacent to Yacht Club by Liverpool Marina.

June 20/21
John Hulley Equestrian Event at Aintree Racecourse (Free Entry)

11th July
Annual Across Mersey Swim
Approx start 3.30 pm

5th August
John Hulley Cup Golf Day
Bacon Barm / Sausage Barm with Tea or Coffee
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£39 PP ( £120 4 Ball )
Contact Bary 07951 448829

Further Events to be Announced 


In memory of Rob Harrison (1954 - 2020)

The History of Liverpool Heartbeat In Photos and captions

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On our Facebook page

Liverpool Heartbeat Past History

Some old photographs and information, click here!

 John Hulley Statue to be unveiled 14th June 2019 


 Cycle through rural India

In November 2019 at the age of 65. Ossie Omar will be getting on his bike to raise funds for Liverpool Heartbeat.

He will be part a group of men and women who will cycle through rural Rajasthan, India. The route begins in Agra, home to Taj Mahal and ending in the pink city of Jaipur.

It's a trip of over 1000 kms in just 10 days, both on and off road, which is a huge challenge for cyclists. He needs to raise a minimum of £3200

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving - they'll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they'll send your money directly to the charity. So it's the most efficient way to donate - saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

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Liverpool Heartbeat Magazine


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 The Road to John Hulley 2019

A tribute to everyone involved with Liverpool Heartbeat


Rob Harrison

Eulogy to Rob Harrison - From Daughter Nicky Ledgerton

We lost a very special friend to Coronavirus Rob Harrison RIP.
Rob was a resident at New Start who became a close family friend.
The last 15 years he gave his time unconditionally to our family charitable causes.
I remember Rob, always greeting you with a smile.
Rob had his health issues, but he always bounced back with his positive energy.
Rob didn’t have a family but embraced ours, especially my Dad Robin like his own.
Robs laugh was infectious, and his smile could light up the hardest of hearts, always a true gentleman.
Rob would greet you with an open heart, a greeting you would never forget.
Rob was a much loved resident, but more than that he was everybody’s friend.
Rob was a kind and generous person with great qualities. Rob shared our family values, Loyal, Kind, and Loving.
Always in our hearts Rob you will never be forgotten, may your soul rest in peace and know you were a special man.
One of a kind.
God Bless forever missed.

Robin Baynes MBE

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Video for interview with Michela Leyland owner of Wood for The Trees  

New Kit Arrives

Latest training for North West England Elite Triathletes Sponsored by Liverpool Heartbeat 

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Cross Mersey Swim that became an epic, full report.  First Across Mersey Swim 1994  The first thre...

New Book Launch 2nd June 2020

New Book Launch 2nd June 2020 Find out about The Mean Little Cow

Cody Sisters Maddie & Meg interview with Tim Quinn - 24th May 2020

Cody Sisters Maddie & Meg interview with Tim Quinn - 24th May 2020   Find out more about Maddie ...


Well done Zack, keep up the good work fundraising for NHS

2019-20 Lions International Peace Essay Winner | Joseph Critchlow 26-04-2020

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Liverpool Heartbeat working with great organisations on Merseyside

Liverpool Heartbeat Magazine update!

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Maxi Roy ‘Noble Art’ Memorial Boxing Tournament 13th March 2020

Event held at Leasowe Castle 1st Bout between Lexie Smith in the Red Corner representing Wallasey AB...

23rd February - Epstein Thearte

Liverpool Heartbeat supporting Elektric Apple Thearte Company along with a full Audience of Family a...


The First Heat of the National Competition held at St George’s Hall. Organised by Nora Button from ...

2020 Year of Reading - 21st January 2020

Liverpool Heartbeat were guests of Tim Quinn who was one of five speakers at Central Library for the...

On location in St Helens with MD Productions

On location in St Helens making video to send to Australia. Afterwards treating all the youngsters ...

8th November 2019 - Evening with Robin Baynes at at Liverpool Town Hall

Evening with Robin Baynes at at Liverpool Town Hall with audiences of Friends, Family and Organisati...

9th-20th November 2019 - Ossie completes Cycle Ride through rural India

Ossie completes Cycle Ride through rural India raising over £4,000 for Liverpool Heartbeat Funds. Os...

30th November - Robin and & Brenda receive recognition award for their charity work

30th NovemberRobin and wife Brenda receive recognition award from the City of Liverpool Commonwealth...

Champion Newspaper

Working towards the Launch of Liverpool Heartbeat Comic and Mighty Quinn Publications’s  ...

East of Eli Charity Gig.

Raising much need Funds to reach young people in North West England  


Twenty golfers competed for the John Hulley Cup, organised by Barry Fairfield from Pinetops Golf S...

H R H Princess Anne unveiled the John Hulley Plaque Friday 14th June

At the same time Ultimate Force unveiled the John Hulley Health & Well-being Flag which was made by ...

John Hulley Strikes Gold at Homeless Games

Ann O’Byrne becomes a Superhero of the Fab 4000 receiving a John Hulley Superhero Comic at the Homel...

John Hulley helps celebrate the Homeless Games

 Homeless Games 17th April 2019 as Picton Lifestyles Sports Ground, over 200 homeless competitor c...

John Hulley visits Lord Nelson Dockyard in Antigua

26th February 2019 John Hulley visits Lord Nelson Dockyard in Antigua 

Opening of Railway Museum Lime Street Station 18 January 2019

Lime Street Station is the Gateway to Liverpool and the name of the piece of Art Work by Jane Dixon ...

Superheroes Supporting John Hulley Comic

superheroes photo gallery   Superheroes Supporting John Hulley Comic ...

16th January 2019

Liverpool Heartbeat gives a helping hand delivering bikes to Primrose Primary School.The school will...

Community Organisations Working Together

Presenting £500.00 Cheque to the Golden Gloves Boxing Club based in Lodge Lane.The money came from...


From Alan Shearer, James Nesbit, Jeremy Kyle and Ricky Tomlinson 

Statue for ‘visionary’ scouser who founded ‘Liverpool Olympics’

Charity Liverpool Heartbeat is behind proposals to honour Kensington-born John Hulley, who lived in ...


West Derby Rotary Club and City of Liverpool Lions Club member Robin Baynes MBE recently went along ...

John Hulley meets a few celebrities

Steve Stone & Steve Watson Newcastle Legends, John Carver Newcastle FC, Jeremy Kyle and Ben Shepard,...

Toni & Hollie with their two boys Caleb and Jacob, taking the John Hulley Comic back home with them to Texas USA.

Toni & Hollie with their two boys Caleb and Jacob, taking the John Hulley Comic back home with them ...

2018 Across Mersey Swim

One Hundred Swimmers took on The Mighty Mersey Challenge for different Charities ...

Globe trotting Hulley making his way around Turkey

Globe trotting Hulley making his way around Turkey

FAB400 - The Illustrator Russ Leach draws Robin Baynes

Have you ever wondered how to draw the astonishing Robin Baynes? Find out how here with Master Comi...

The Next Big Step

The Next Big Step Liverpool Heartbeat were proud to be the chosen charity of The Next Big Step. Hel...

David Graham Natural High School Tour

Winning Drug Slogan at Hatton Hill Primary Don’t like weed or nicotine The worst think I’ve ever se...

Winner of the John Hulley Supreme Champions Trophy

Winner of the John Hulley Supreme Champions TrophyHeather Rothwell on Happy Valentines ...

East of Eli raised monies for Liverpool Heartbeat

Nathan West and Chyler Leigh from the Band East of Eli on 24th May gave two performances at the Live...

USA Super Stars arrive in Liverpool.

Nathan West & Chyler Leigh Being interviewed by Tim Quinn of Marvel Comic Fame at Wright Blend Book ...


Chyler Leigh, star of the TV series Grey’s Anatomy and Supergirl, is heading to Merseyside to play t...

Hollywood stars Chyler Leigh and Nathan West are heading to Merseyside to support Liverpool Heartbeat's FAB 4000

Hollywood stars Chyler Leigh and Nathan West are heading to Merseyside to support Liverpool Heartbea...

Big Thank You ASDA

Liverpool Heartbeat are delighted to have received £500.00 from the ASDA Community Token Scheme. A B...

Sefton Community Triathlon

A Great John Hulley Legacy Event 2011 - 2012 - 2013. Has been brought back to life by Mark Laithwai...

Maxi Roy Memorial Boxing Tournament 27th April 2018

Liverpool Heartbeat sponsoring the John Hulley Best Boxer Ward won by Morgan Galer at the Maxi Roy M...

Triathlon Trust

A pilot scheme set up by the Triathlon Trust at Crosby Sport Centre.With five local schools taking p...

The Billy Butler Show - The Fab 4000 (John Hulley Comic Book) radio interview



Liverpool is a city of heroes. Down through the ages they have come from the worlds of music, comedy...

NCD Cheerleaders

NCD Cheer borrow "Dipper" mini bus for the National Championships held at Telford Shropshire.Coming ...

North West Triathlon Academy

Liverpool Heartbeat are delighted to confirm we will be supporting North West Triathlon Academy for ...

Sefton Under 14s Football Team.

Liverpool Heartbeat Mini Bus “Dipper” on Parade supporting Sefton Under 14s Football Team in their n...

NCB Cheerleaders Christmas Proms

Liverpool Heartbeat, are so pleased supporting Nicky Broadly Cheerleaders at the Christmas Proms at ...

Jimmy, Liam and Robin with ( Stevie B ) and Mrs J2

Please support our next Fun-Raising Night (date to be arranged). £3,400 raised so far, a further £2,...

Rotary Christmas Street Collections.

Liverpool Heartbeat Dipper helping out with transport.West Derby Rotary Club with the Tri-4-Life Tea...

Helping the City of Liverpool Lions Club

New Start work force joining forces with Liverpool Heartbeat “Dipper” picking up a full load of Chri...

Donation from Lord Mayor’s Charity.

Robin & Liam receive £10,000 Cheque from Roz Gladden & Roy Gladden Liverpool Lord Mayor and Consort ...

Cheque Presentation to Charity Juvenile Diabetes

Jude Sutton from Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation receives final Cheque, from the Steve Bullen...

Working Together

All Cheques Presented and Received with Thanks.  

Cheque Presentation to Alderhey Children’s Charity Cystic Fibrosis Fund

Gainor Harrison form Alderhey Children’s Hospital Cystic Fibrosis department receiving a donation fr...

British Heart Foundation receive donation from the Steve Bullen Fun Night

The donation from Steve Bullen Night will go towards the BHF National Lifesavers Appeal , which will...

Cheque Presentation to St Vincent’s School from the Steve Bullen Fun Night.

It was a pleasure to be among the young students of St Vincent’s to see them at work and play.In the...

Steve Bullens Fun Night - Everyone a Winner

Full House for Steve’s Fun Night. A Big Thank You to Liverpool Lions Volunteers, Barclay Card for £4...

Tribute swim in memory of Steve Bullem

Tribute swim in memory of Steve Bullem 23 September 2017  

Liverpool Across Mersey Swim Team

A Big Thank you to Ellie Knight - Dave Sandman - Henry Lowther - Hayley Pennington - Michelle Hard...

Across Mersey Swim 2017

26th August 2017 Photographs courtesy of Arther Gold

This is what makes Champions.

From a baptism of Fire to gaining Premier Status. Well done to all Team Players, Coaches and Parents...

Team GB in Lithuania

Dan Slater and Matt Willis won gold and silver in the individual European Championship and were also...

Crosby Junior Aquathlon 23rd July

120 youngsters took part in the Crosby Junior Aquathlon at Crosby Marina, there were five waves of c...

Studio 76

Well done to all the young performers from Studio 76 who have just returned from The World Dance Cha...

On 29th June 150 Years in 1867. John Hulley held his 4th Liverpool Olympic Festival.

Community Day at Aintree.

 If you missed out on the Best Community Event  this year Don't miss out next year.  Free Car Parkin...

Beatrice Robinson on Smooth

Winner of the  John Hulley Supreme Horse Champion 2017

Liverpool Heartbeat supporting the Bret Jones 10K and Fun Run

Young Runners Brave the Elements taking part in the One Mile Fun Run as part of the forth year of th...

Fundraising at Miss Liverpool

Young Students from Studio 76 fundraising at Miss Liverpool

Calling all young Runners

Once again Liverpool Heartbeat Supporting Bret Jones 10K and Junior Fun Run for youngsters up to 16 ...

New Kit Arrives

Dan Slater from North West Region Triathlon Academy sporting the New Kit with Logos.    

North Liverpool Academy Winners

David Graham Natural High School Tour visits North Liverpool Academy 3rd May.David delivered his Nat...

Liverpool Heartbeat supporting NCDCheer

These very large mirrors were donated to Coach Nicola Broadly NCDCheer by Bill Harper from The Devon...

Liverpool Heartbeat Cheque Presentation.

Kyla Bowden and Bella Walsh from N C D Cheerleaders,  receive Liverpool Heartbeat Cheque from Liverp...

Liverpool Heartbeat Bollywood Ball

Robin Baynes, Ossie Omar and Liam Hanlon from Liverpool Heartbeat presenting a cheque at Liverpool T...

Bowering Park Hotel

Liverpool Heartbeat Cheque Presentation to Brian McBain Jimmy Tinsley and Committee Members from the...

North West Region Triathlon Academy

Cheque from Liverpool Heartbeat is being presented to young competitors and Coach Mike Myers from No...

A Big Well Done to NCD Cheerleaders

All the hard work and training paid off at Sheffield .Well done to all the young cheerleaders who to...

Liverpool Heartbeat confirm sponsorship of the Triathlon England North West Regional Academy

We are delighted to announce that Liverpool Heartbeat and the John Hulley Legacy have agreed to spon...

Charity Bollywood Ball

We are holding our annual fundraising charity ball on Friday 10th February 2017 (Download flyer and...

Lord Mayor's Christmas Concert

Letter from St Domingo Community Association

Presentation at the Epstein Theatre on Sunday 6th November

Rob and Bren receive a Presentation on Stage from over seventy five young dancers from Performance S...

Leaving of Liverpool to Lesotho

Everyone on the photo has made this project possible.Donation of the 150 Bikes now arrived in the Po...

Donation from West Derby Rotary Club

Robin and Brian Kendall, who is a Liverpool Heartbeat Trustee, receive a cheque donation off Gerry W...

SPITFIREHEART TEAM arrived safely in Durban

SPITFIREHEART TEAM arrived safely in Durban now on there way to Lesotho to take part in the Lesotho ...

Tri-4-life Spitfireheart Team - 24th August 2016

Liverpool Lord Mayor Roz Gladden and Consort Ron Gladden,  along with over 50 guests wish the twelve...

Liverpool Heartbeat are proud to receive £500.00 cheque from Merseycats - August 2016

Liverpool Heartbeat are proud to receive £500.00 cheque from Merseycats Caption to readThe cheque w...

The Bret Jones 10K for the third year running - 11th June 2016

On the 11th June 2016 Liverpool Heartbeat supported The Bret Jones 10K for the third  year running, ...

John Hulley Cross Mersey Swim - Saturday 6th August 2016

25 swimmers took part in the 23rd year of the John Hulley Cross Mersey Swim. The weather conditions ...

Mountain Bikes to Lesotho

Colin Southern  and volunteers from Bike Works in Skemlersdale, making sure bikes are ready for Leso...

Team England from Jeli Studious, who won 4 Gold, 4 Silver and 2 Bronze medals - 29th July 2016

Big thank you to Liverpool Lord Mayor Councillor Roz Gladden, who made this a special day and a magi...

Crosby Aquathlon - 16th July 2016

Crosby Aquathlon with over 100 competitors taking part at Crosby Marina.Event organised by Mike Li...

NCD Cheer Junior Team retain the National Championship - 9th July 2016

NCD Cheer Junior Team retain the National Championship which they also won last year.

Tribute to Jimmy - Started the Boxing Day Dip 1987

Jim Tinsley started the BOXING DAY DIP in1987 which is still going strong today. Jim is a British ...

Liverpool Heartbeat helps local dancers perform on the world stage - 1st July-4th July

Big thank you to Liverpool Lord Mayor Councillor Roz Gladden, who made this a special day and ...

Aintree Equi-Trek National Show - 25th June 2016

Legacy to John Hulley 2011  2012  2013. 2014. 2015 and now 2016. Sarah Birchall on PSM Blue Pearl w...

Bikes for Spitfire Heart - 28th May 2016

6th May 2016 Spitfire Heart Team, receive the mountain bikes that they will be riding on The Lesoth...

Wishing Runway a Smooth Take off and a Fantastic Journey - 30th June Official Opening

Best Wishes to All Young Dancers, Gymnasts and Everyone that comes along to Train and Perform at the...

Rob is Liverpool Heartbeat number one Volunteer - Since 2003


Bret Jones 10K and Junior One Mile - 11th June 2016

Liverpool Lord Mayor Councillor Roz Gladden and Consort Ron Gladden supporting the Bret Jones 10K an...

Lord Mayor of Liverpool chooses Liverpool Heartbeat as Charity of the Year - May 2016/May 2017

Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Roz Gladden, has chosen Liverpool Heartbeat as one of her charities ...

The Dipper

Elektic Apple use the Dipper every Tuesday to attend NCD Cheer at their new premises called The Runw...

Liverpool Heartbeat supporting Jemma for Miss Liverpool

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Liverpool Heartbeat Sponsors Liverpool Dance School

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