Harvey’s thank you to charity

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A family whose son lost an eye to a rare childhood cancer will be supporting a 25th birthday celebration for a charity which helps fight it.

The Childhood Eye Cancer Trust celebrates its birthday by bringing together 350 people affected by retinoblastoma at Billing Aquadrome from tomorrow until Sunday.

And one family attending are Caroline and Steven Dellar, with son Harvey, five, of Brindlestone Close, Hunsbury Meadows, Northampton.

Harvey lost his right eye in 2008 and goes for regular check-ups at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, as he has an increased risk of developing the condition in his other eye.

Mrs Dellar said: “It is really hard to spot. Since Harvey had it we have heard of more cases, but I don’t know if that is because we’re more aware of it.

“The weekend is not just to raise awareness, but to get the children together. Although Harvey is different, there are lots of children like him as well.

“We are lucky that Harvey has only got it in one eye. A lot of people ask how we cope, but we see children who are a lot worse. The care Harvey has had from Birmingham is unbelievable.”

The aim of the event is to give people affected when they were a child the chance to meet, and for children to meet their peers and reduce feelings of isolation.

The event is oversubscribed and the charity is appealing for funding and volunteers to help with workshops and activities. Contact 0207 377 5578.