A FARNHAM charity has presented a cheque for £10,000 to Help4Harry, the campaign set up by the Barnley family to support the Duchenne Research Breakthrough Fund.
Weybourne schoolboy Harry Barnley was diagnosed with genetic disorder Duchenne muscular dystrophy in August 2013, when he was just five years old. His family subsequently set up the Help4Harry fund and to date have raised almost £300,000 for research into a cure for the disorder.
The Hedgehogs nominated Help4Harry to benefit from the proceeds of the Farnham Motoring Festival in July at one of the UK’s largest private motoring collections in Churt. The event also included a treasure hunt, car displays, live music, food and drinks – as well as a live auction with ‘Money Can’t Buy’ lots and a raffle with donated prizes.
During the event, collection owners Robert and Tanya Lewis presented Harry with a new disability Hopper. The vehicle is designed to grow with Harry, enabling him to join his family on walks and enhance his independent mobility.
Students from Weydon School and members of Farnham 229 Squadron Air Training Corps helped on the day with catering and car parking. More than 500 paying guests attended the event.
Harry’s mum, Sue Barnley, said at the presentation: “The cheque for £10,000 is a phenomenal amount of money that will go toward giving Harry a future life with a degree of independence.
“So to everyone involved and all the guests who bought tickets, a big thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”