10-year-old Harry is charity champion

07:00 10 September 2012

Exmouth Mayor John Humphreys sets the riders off led by ten year old Harry Wright  on Tuesday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 3659-35-12SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Exmouth Mayor John Humphreys sets the riders off led by ten year old Harry Wright on Tuesday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 3659-35-12SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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An Exmouth school boy has raised more than £1,000 for charity in a bid to raise awareness and funds for the British Lung Foundation, because his mum suffers from a fatal lung condition.

A Withycombe mum who needs a life-saving double lung transplant says her 10-year-old son Harry is ‘amazing’ for organising a successful fundraising cycle ride.

Just two years ago Sarah Wright, 36, of Featherbed Lane, was a fit and healthy super-mum of three, until she was diagnosed with a fatal lung condition.

Withycombe Primary School pupil Harry is so determined to help his mum battle the disease, he organised a charity cycle ride along the Exe Estuary cycle trail, attracting more than 80 people and raising more than £1,300 for the British Lung Foundation.

Exmouth mayor John Humphreys officially started the charity ride, which set off from Carter Avenue park.

Mum Sarah said her son had hoped to raise £100 for the cause.

She said: “It was amazing what he did. We didn’t expect that at all. I just thought it was going to be Harry and his dad.

“To have all those people was amazing. It was brilliant. He worked really hard for it and with all the publicity.”

Harry’s granddad, Steve Gazzard, a town and district councillor, said: “I know he’s my grandson, but for somebody who’s 10-years-old to organise and co-ordinate it all was absolutely superb. He is a credit to his mum and dad.”

The family hope Harry’s event will raise awareness of lung disease, boosting funds and support.

His mum said a transplant would ‘change her life’.

Harry’s family thanked all who supported the event and gave sponsorship.

● It is not too late to reward Harry’s efforts by donaing cash to the fund. Visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com and search for Harry Wright

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