Boy joins walk in mem­ory of his mother

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View - By Molly Mile­hamChap­pell

A school­boy from Ash­ford will be tak­ing all his fam­ily along to take part in Pil­grims Hospices new walk, A Night to Shine.

Har­ri­son Cum­mins, eight, is get­ting his rel­a­tives to­gether to raise funds for the char­ity on Satur­day, Septem­ber 30.

His mum Holly Loudon, 28, was cared for by Pil­grims Hospices in Ash­ford in 2015.

Elaine Wil­liams, Holly’s mother, said: “When Holly be­came very ill, pre-school and af­ter school care be­came in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult.

“My head teacher sug­gested Har­ri­son move schools to join Ash­ford Prep, where I worked, as this would help enor­mously.

“Pupils in his new class held a cake sale for char­ity and he was so im­pressed by the amount of money raised that he asked if he could do the same for Pil­grims Hos­pice. The first year they raised over £13,000 and the fol­low­ing year over £11,000.”

Ash­ford School head teacher, nom­i­nated Har­ri­son for a Young Hero award held by United Learn­ing, which runs the school.

He went on to win and was in­vited to the Houses of Par­lia­ment last month, where he was pre­sented his award by Jon Coles, chief ex­ec­u­tive of United Learn­ing.

To con­tinue with his fundrais­ing Har­ri­son will be joined by his dad Pete, his grand­moth­ers, Elaine and Tricia, grandads Bill and Gra­ham and his aunt Laura to take part in the new Pil­grims Hospices walk, A Night to Shine.

Dur­ing the walk, they will all lay a lantern in mem­ory of his mother.

Har­ri­son is also hold­ing his third Su­per Cafe at Ash­ford Prep School, Great Chart, on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 9, in aid of the hos­pice.

Vic­to­ria Friar, com­mu­nity fundrais­ing man­ager, said: “We are re­ally ex­cited by our new walk. With all three hospices tak­ing part in a walk on the same night we hope to make this one of the big­gest walks in Kent.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.pil­grimshos­pices.org

Har­ri­son Cum­mins and Jon Cole

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