Fam­ily treat for lit­tle life saver

Stores and school praise for our Harry

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Carla Tal­bot

A hero school­boy who saved his sis­ter’s life will be treated to a spe­cial day out at Lomond Shores af­ter they read about his brave ac­tions in the Len­nox Her­ald.

Lit­tle Harry Crossan, seven, was hailed a real-life su­per­hero by his mum Deb­bie af­ter he saved his two-year-old sis­ter Evie from chok­ing on a choco­late but­ton.

We told you first how the quick-think­ing school­boy re­mem­bered a les­son given at an af­ter-school first aid ses­sion six months ear­lier and started hit­ting Evie on the back to dis­lodge the snack while in their Noble­ston home on Oc­to­ber 2.

And when Loch Lomond Shores heard about the Bon­hill Pri­mary pupil’s brave ac­tions they agreed he de­served a hero’s re­ward and de­cided to treat the Bon­hill fam­ily to a fun-filled day out.

Harry, Evie and older brother Bai­ley, 11, have been added to the VIP list at the Bal­loch tourist at­trac­tion and have been given free passes to the Sea Life Centre and the Bird of Prey Centre.

Proud par­ents Deb­bie and Gor­don plan to cel­e­brate Harry’s ac­tions on Sun­day, when they will also be treated to lunch at Cafe Zest.

And Deb­bie said the whole fam­ily are ex­cited to spend the day to­gether.

She told the Len­nox Her­ald: “The re­sponse has been ab­so­lutely amaz­ing. Harry was so ex­cited when we told him about the fam­ily day out.

“We are go­ing to go to the Bird of Prey Centre and have lunch on the same day as the Christ­mas light switch-on, which is fan­tas­tic, so it’s go­ing to be a bril­liant day for us all.

“And we’re go­ing to wait and en­joy the Sea Life Centre over the Christ­mas hol­i­days.

“I’m just so pleased for Harry to be get­ting some recog­ni­tion for how brave he was. I think he’s a bit blown away by it all.”

Loch Lomond Shores is not the only place to recog­nise the brav­ery of P3 pupil Harry.

Bon­hill Pri­mary School also hon­oured the young­ster in a spe­cial as­sem­bly on Fri­day.

Head­teacher Maria Seery sur­prised Harry with a spe­cial cer­tifi­cate for his life­sav­ing ac­tions and lit­tle sis­ter Evie was there to con­grat­u­late her older brother.

Mum Deb­bie added: “He had ab­so­lutely no idea he was get­ting a spe­cial as­sem­bly and the head­teacher made such a big deal about it so he was chuffed to bits.”

And Deb­bie is also pleased Harry’s fame has prompted other par­ents to make sure their chil­dren know what to do in an emer­gency.

She said: “At first they didn’t be­lieve him but now all his class­mates have been talk­ing about how he saved his sis­ter and I have had par­ents com­ing up to me to talk to me about it.

“I’m glad it has shown how im­por­tant it is for kids to know this kind of thing. I’m just re­ally proud of him.”

Loch Lomond Shores man­ager Au­drey Reid said: “We were blown away when we read about Harry. He’s a real hero.

“We felt that he was so brave and quick­think­ing in sav­ing his sis­ter he re­ally de­served a re­ward so, we’re go­ing to treat Harry and his fam­ily to a day out in­clud­ing en­try to Sea Life, lunch at Cafe Zest in Jen­ners and a visit to Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre. Well done, Harry.”

I’m just so pleased for Harry to be get­ting some recog­ni­tion. I think he’s a bit blown away by it all.

Spe­cial treat Au­drey Reid ( right) of­fered Harry and his fam­ily a day out

Award Wee Harry was given a spe­cial recog­ni­tion award at Bon­hill Pri­mary School

Proud mum Deb­bie with Harry and lit­tle Evie

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