Our Second Venture, In Support For Harry Parker Published By The Mercury
Tottenham Hotspur fan Harry hoping operation can help him walk.
The family of a young football fan have launched a campaign to raise £75,000 for a life-changing operation that could help him walk.
Harry Parker was only 16 months old when he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and mum Danielle said it has put a strain on the whole family. But it is hoped Harry, who is now six and lives in Cheshunt, could walk and play football for the first time if he has an operation available privately in the UK. “He wants to jump around, he wants to play football and ride a bike,” said Danielle, 30.”He can’t do any of that. He’s six. At six, most little boys dream of being a professional footballer, but Harry can’t have that.”She added: “He had an MRI scan which came back that Harry was brain-damaged. Our whole lives got thrown up into chaos.”As he grew older, he didn’t get any better. He struggles with writing and eating. He needs help to go to the toilet, getting dressed, having baths.”The everyday life we all take for granted, he needs help with.”Spurs fan Harry attends Downfield Primary School and lives in Russells Ride with Danielle, dad Glen, 30, and nine-year-old sister Mia .His mum said the condition has taken its toll on Mia, as she has watched her brother spend his life in and out of hospital.
A friend put the family in touch with former Mercury Community Award-winner Shane Yerrell, who runs a fundraising company called Through The Fight.
And Mr Yerrell has taken the cause on and will be abseiling down Senate House in London on Sunday, June 12, dressed as Spiderman to kick off fundraising efforts.
The Waltham Abbey 32-year-old said: “As soon as I met Harry and his family I knew I wanted to help. I have a child myself, and I’m sure a lot of people will be reading Harry’s story thinking, I wish I could help.
“£75,000 is a lot of money, but if the local community all pulled together we could make a massive impact on Harry and his family’s life.
“This is a big part of the reason I set up Through The Fight, so that people like Harry could be helped and people that are struggling won’t be struggling alone.”
So far, more than £1,000 has been raised.
To support the cause, visit tinyurl.com/hd34k55 or, to support Mr Yerrell’s abseil, visit https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/shane-yerrell