PM’s thanks to ex­tra­or­di­nary teen fundraiser

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL rhi­an­non.mcdowall@men­media.co.uk @rhi­an­nonMEN

ATEENAGE char­ity fundraiser has re­ceived a spe­cial thank you for his ded­i­ca­tion from the coun­try’s most pow­er­ful man.

Thir­teen-year-old Harry Nor­ton has helped raise more than £60,000 for the Seashell Trust, which cares for chil­dren with se­vere men­tal and phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties.

As a re­sult he and mum An­gela were in­vited to Down­ing Street to meet Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron.

Harry, who is a stu­dent at The King’s School, said: “I was very ner­vous when we were all in­vited down to Down­ing Street but I need not have been.

“Mr and Mrs Cameron were very gen­uine, every­day peo­ple, who put us all at our ease and wanted to know about us and our spe­cial prob­lems.

“It was a great day for all the fam­ily and we all feel very hon­oured.”

Harry’s fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties were prompted by his two brothers, Reims, 14, and Cay­man, seven, who both have se­vere com­plex drug resistant epilepsy, se­vere learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties and autism.

Harry has ded­i­cated much of his time to fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, pub­lic speak­ing en­gage­ments and the auc­tion of his won­der­ful wa­ter­colour paint­ings, which earned Harry The Seashell Trust’s nom­i­na­tion to at­tend the Down­ing Street party.

Harry hit the head­lines in the Mac­cles­field Ex­press in 2013 when he saved his younger brother’s life by giv­ing him mouth-to-mouth re­sus­ci­ta­tion when Cay­man had a fit.

He is now plan­ning to add to the £60,000 he helped raise with the support of The King’s School and aims to hit the six fig­ure mark.

He added: “My next goal is to com­plete a spon­sored triathlon with Cay­man, push­ing him in his wheel­chair, swimming along­side and cy­cling with him on a spe­cially adapted bike.”

Mum An­gela, who joined Harry at 10 Down­ing Street, said: “I spoke to Sa­man­tha Cameron for a good ten min­utes and I have to say I felt we shared a gen­uine bond.

“She was very in­ter­ested in how we cared for Cay­man and Reims and ex­plained that her son Ivan had epilepsy as part of his cere­bral palsy.

“She said she had found it very dif­fi­cult to care for one child with a se­vere dis­abil­ity, let alone two.”

An­gela added: “As a sin­gle mum I am just so glad that I have a man of the house to look after us all. He’s my Mr Won­der­ful.”

Ian Robert­son, prin­ci­pal of King’s Boys Di­vi­sion, said: “We have been im­mensely im­pressed by Harry; his ma­tu­rity, in­tel­li­gence and sen­si­tiv­ity to­wards oth­ers which is clearly borne from his very spe­cial fam­ily cir­cum­stances, and we very much want to make our own con­tri­bu­tion by nom­i­nat- ing the Seashell Trust as one of our spe­cial char­i­ties.

“Harry has spo­ken at a num­ber of our as­sem­blies about his ex­pe­ri­ences grow­ing up along­side Cay­man and Reims, his fundrais­ing and his hopes for the fu­ture and is seen by pupils and staff alike as very much a role model.”

● Above, Harry’s Mum ngela with Reims, Harry and Cay­man, and right, Harry with Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron

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