A FAMILY in Chester are closer to achieving their goal of taking their seriously ill child on a dream trip -– thanks to The Chronicle.
Last week’s edition featured a sponsored parachute jump to raise money to take four-year-old Harry Hudson, who suffers from a rare condition called Hunter Syndrome, on the trip of a lifetime.
Donations and letters of support have been coming in since.
Harry’s mum Sharon said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped. One day I came home to find a cheque in an envelope –it had obviously been delivered by hand because the only thing written on it was “Good Luck”. I have no idea who sent it.”
Two of Sharon’s work colleagues at the Welsh Ambulance Service, Denise Taylor and Lyndsey Hill, kicked off the fundraising on Friday with a sponsored parachute jump at Whistock Airfield, near Whitchurch in Shropshire.
Sharon, whose husband Paul is a teacher, has no idea how much money has been raised so far, but said: “It was a fab day, just brilliant, it was a gorgeous day before the clouds started coming in during the afternoon.
“Lyndsey loved it, she thought it was fab and would do it again – but Denise hated it and decided she was completely mad to do it in the first place!
“Harry loved it. He took the day off school to come along and kept saying “they’re doing it for me”. He couldn’t quite figure out why they were doing it for him but he knew - and it was absolutely brilliant.
“We went to the Mill Tavern in Flint afterwards and the girls got another £200 from the people in the pub as well. They had a copy of The Chronicle and a pint pot and just went round the pub asking for donations - I couldn’t believe how generous people were.
“Thank you to everyone who was there on the day.”
Harry, who attends Mickle Trafford Primary School, has to attend weekly three-hour enzyme infusions in Manchester but he is having a “port” fitted next week so he can have the treatment at home.
A video of Sharon talking about the fundraising efforts as Harry plays in the garden of their Chester home can be found on this website.