TODDLERS have helped to raise money to send a local boy on a trip to meet other children who share his difficulties.
Harry Crowther, 12, suffers from an aging disease called Progeria. In October, he wants to join the three other children in the UK that suffer from the illness at the UK Progeria Reunion in Kent.
Children at Wellhouse Preschool, where Harry’s mum Sharron works, took part in a sponsored toddle which raised more than £700, with more money still to be collected.
Mrs Crowther said: “It went really well. We had 30 children turn up altogether.”
With proceeds raised from a raffle as well, the four families affected by Progeria are on their way to reaching the £40,000 that the reunion will cost.
Mrs Crowther said parents had been happy to support Harry in any way they could.
She added: “Because I’m one of the teachers of their children, and it’s my son it’s benefiting, it brings it a bit nearer to home.
“They know where the sponsor money is going.”
At the Progeria Reunion, the four children will be able to take a break from their medical treatment and enjoy a wide range of activities.
It is also an opportunity for their families to get together.
Mrs Crowther said Harry, was thrilled with the money that the toddlers raised at the event on Friday June 10 – though a maths test meant he couldn’t be there on the day.
She said: “He thinks it’s great. He’ll write them all a thank your card, like he did last year.”
Harry hopes that his mum, his dad John, his brother Jack and his sister Emma will all be able to join him at the reunion in October.
The family has more fundraising activities planned.