52 Lives

#158 Harry

Request: Donations

This week we’d like to help change the life of Harry, a 5 year old boy from Duston.

Harry is one tough little boy. He was born early and underwent life-saving bowel surgery at one day old and suffered countless sepsis infections. Unfortunately, Harry didn’t come out of this unscathed. He suffered from a brain injury, which has resulted in him having a type of cerebral palsy. It affects Harry’s movements, and he is unable to stand or walk without help. This is so frustrating for Harry - he adores rugby, Strictly Come Dancing and P.E at school…all he wants is to take his first independent step.

Harry’s parents are fundraising for a life-changing surgery for Harry that would help him to walk (it’s not funded on the NHS), but Harry also needs intensive physio treatments to give him the best possible chance at being able to stand and walk.

Harry was booked onto a three week course of intensive physio for March, but his mum and dad had to cancel it as it is just too expensive. His mum left work to care for Harry after he was born, and the added costs involved in having a child with disabilities has meant that they can’t always pay for the things that he needs, which is heartbreaking for them.

With your help, we'd like to do something kind for Harry. 

What We Need

1. Donations: We’d like to raise the £1650 needed to fund one of Harry’s 3 weeks intensive courses of physiotherapy. Any money raise above this will be put towards more physiotherapy, or Harry's operation. To make a donation, please click the link below. 

2. Messages for Harry: We want to let Harry know that we think he is amazing! To send a message to Harry, please write it in the form below and we will make sure he receives every single one (your email address will be omitted). If you'd like to post him a card or message, please send it to: 52 Lives (Harry), PO Box 3154, Reading, RG1 9AT (please note this is our new PO Box)



What We Did

We raised more than £1000. This was then doubled thanks to a donation from the family of Heather - the lovely lady we helped the week before - which took us to £2000. 

In addition to this, an amazing team of novice sailors (led by Kevin at GBR Yachts) raised more than £3000 competing in the Round the Island Race, which was matched by an employer - so in total, we will be able to donate more than £8000 for Harry!

We received so many beautiful messages for Harry from so many kind people. We also told the children at Tirlebrook Primary School about Harry and they made him lots of cards and gifts as part of our School Kindness Workshops.The amazing England 7's rugby team also heard about Harry and sent him some special surprises, including some kit and a team GB ball.

Thank you to every single one of you who did something kind for Harry! We had the chance to meet Harry and his wonderful family...below his mum explain just what your help has meant to them.