A STAGGERING £11,000 has been raised for the Help4Harry campaign, a family fund created to raise awareness and funds for Muscular Dystrophy UK and its Duchenne Research Breakthrough Fund.
At the end of August 2017, four men from Alton, Simon Hewitt, Richard Littlewood, Daniel Shehan and Steve Lynam will be completing an Iron Man 2017 (112 mile bike ride, 2.4 mile swim and 26.22 miles run) within 17 hours.
This will be completed around Alton to raise money for the Help4Harry campaign, set up in aid of Harry Barnley from Farnham who was diagnosed with duchenne muscular dystrophy in 2013, at the age of five.
To support Harry and his family, Mickey Piper and the four ‘Harry’s Iron Men’ decided to hold a charity evening to raise vital funds for research into the condition with Muscular Dystrophy UK.
The fundraising event took place on Saturday, March 4 and raised £11,088.90 in total for the charity.
Proceeds from the event will be restricted to the Duchenne Research Breakthrough Fund with Muscular Dystrophy UK.
The charity is backing a group of leading scientists developing potential treatments for Duchenne muscular dystrophy through the money raised in this fund.
Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a condition which causes muscles throughout the body to weaken and waste away, leading to increasing disability and shortened life expectancy.
Sue Barnley, Harry’s mother, said: “It was an incredible night. Well done Mickey and to all involved, we feel very overwhelmed to know such amazing people.”
Anneke Liefting, Muscular Dystrophy UK’s south east regional development manager, added: “It was fantastic to see how well the charity evening went and the generosity of all the guests attending.
“The money raised from this will fund a further 252 hours of ground-breaking research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy and you will be helping us to transform the lives of children and adults here in Hampshire who are affected by muscle-wasting conditions.”
Harry’s Iron Men and the charity evening has been sponsored and fully supported by several local companies that the charity would also like to thank for their support: Pace Aerospace Bearings, Osgood’s, Angela Swim School, Graknight, Eco Kitchens, Tek-Tanks, Bovis Homes, Sole Butchers, RAH Services, Premier Education, Bows and Bouquets, Bespoke Bar Company and Qwerty Women.