Boy joins walk in memory of his mother
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