Northampton boy’s life-changing operation one step closer after kind donation

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A Northampton boy’s campaign to walk unaided has received a cash boost from a housebuilder.

Persimmon Homes Midlands has donated £1,000 towards the One Small Step for Harry appeal, launched to raise £40,000 for a life-changing operation.

The award, from the housebuilder’s Community Champions scheme, will support five-year-old Harry Restall’s dream to play with his friends.

Claire Dearsley, head of sales and marketing at Persimmon Homes Midlands, said: “Community Champions was launched to enable us to make a difference to the lives of local people.

“Often that is by supporting a sports team or charity, sometimes a neighbourhood event.

“This month we have chosen to donate to a very brave family, living on our own Marina Gardens development in Northampton, who have faced many challenges as we felt they deserved our help.”

Mum Jenny Restall added: “Harry was born ten weeks prematurely and needed life-saving bowel surgery at one day old.

“He survived meningitis and several sepsis infections but sadly suffered brain damage resulting in spastic diplegia cerebral palsy.

“This means Harry is not able to stand or walk unaided.

“He is, however, a very happy and intelligent little boy, who enjoys attending a mainstream school.

“He would love to be able to walk and play with his friends, without needing a walking frame or wheelchair.”

The family are currently fundraising for an operation that is not available on the NHS – selective dorsal rhizotomy.

Supporters have already raised just over £25,000 for the fund and anyone interested in helping can donate at http://www.treeofhope.org.uk/harry-restall

Organisations and charities can apply for funding at www.persimmonhomes.com/charity