Family treat for little life saver
Stores and school praise for our Harry
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