A remarkable little boy from Guilden Sutton wants to sacrifice his birthday presents to help enrich the future of one of Chester’s best known charities.
Despite being just six-years-old, little Harvey Hughes-Sharps has been a huge part of fundraising at the Hospice of the Good Shepherd ever since he lost his mum Rachel to cancer in December 2013.
Rachel had fought a long and brave battle with her illness, defying the odds to live long enough to see Harvey start school. After her death, both Harvey and dad Jonathan received counselling support from the Hospice and to this day remain involved with the bereavement services offered there.
And his tender age hasn’t stopped Harvey taking part in various fundraising events such as the Good Shepherd 5k Fun Run, and doing sponsored chores in a bid to say thank you to the hospice who looked after his mum so well.
Now, a month before his seventh birthday, Harvey, who was named Overall Young Person of the Year at last year’s Trinity Mirror and Scottish Power Your Champions Awards, is appealing for the public to help him raise enough money to hold a charity Star Wars party to raise money for the Hospice’s From Silver to Gold Appeal, instead of buying him presents for his birthday.
The appeal will enable the charity to double the size of the existing building as well as increase the offer of specialist care and support for the next 25 years.
In an open letter, Harvey wrote: “Just after I was born, my mummy got poorly and found out that she had cancer. Two years ago my mummy died, but the Hospice helped her, my Daddy and me by looking after us when we felt scared. Now I want to help other people that are going through the same thing.”
Those wishing to help Harvey in his quest, can either make a monetary donation to the hospice or donate a raffle prize instead of a present for Harvey.
Steve Hoy, CEO of the Hospice of the Good Shepherd, said: “We are delighted and humbled with Harvey’s kind offer to donate his birthday presents in aid of The From Silver to Gold appeal.
“The Hospice of the Good Shepherd’s new build shows total commitment to provide care and compassion to our local community so that we can be there for people like Harvey, his mum and dad. It will be attached to the present hospice building and will allow us to extend and accommodate all our day therapy activities and reach more people, including a new café, hairdressers and physiotherapy room.
“It will release much needed space in the present building. We are appealing to the local community to support us and to help us grow your local hospice.”
To sponsor Harvey’s special Star Wars party contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01244 851811.