A Holiday for Harri (Update)
As we recently mentioned, Jarrod and I were touched by the story of a little boy called Harri Gillen whose life (and the lives of his family) was turned upside down when he was diagnosed with a rare kind of cancer.
We wanted to help in any way that we could, so we decided to set aside £100 from every bespoke staircase and fitted furniture project that we worked on during the summer to raise money for an once-in-a-lifetime holiday for this brave boy and his lovely family.
We’ve recently been in touch with Liz, Harri’s Mum, and things are looking up for him. Here’s what she had to say…
Harri School 2“Harri received his last treatment at the end of June and his most recent MRI scan showed no evidence of residual or recurrent disease and he is now classed to be in remission.
He will need appointments with his consultant every six weeks and scans (of his chest and arm) every three months and will be monitored for at least 10 years. Every time a scan is due I know I’m going to be petrified but we need to live each day at a time and enjoy every moment and believe it will all be okay.
Harri has been amazing settling back into school, doing half days to begin with and steadily increasing to more full days each week and I am absolutely loving all of his stories when he comes home and seeing him back to normal playing with all of his friends. His hair has also started to properly grow back – yay!”
Proving that he’s not only incredibly brave but also amazingly resilient, Harri managed to accomplish what most adults would struggle with; he completed the Cardiff 2k Fun Run. While his parents were concerned that he would only be able to walk it, Harri ran his heart out and managed to finish in 15 minutes, all while dressed as Spiderman!
As you can imagine, clapping him over the finish line was an unforgettable moment for his parents.
Having put aside £100 per job throughout the summer, we created a pot of money for little Harri and we’re proud to say that we raised a total of £3,000!
When Jarrod popped the cheque round to their house last weekend the whole family were delighted and sent us a great photo of the kids with their ‘Thank you’ banner.
Now Harri, his sister Ellie, and his Mum and Dad can go on a wonderful holiday to Disneyland in Florida next spring thanks to the kids cancer charity.
Liz also had these kind words, “Your fundraising for Harri will allow us to make this dream come true and we honestly can’t thank you all enough.”
Jarrod and I couldn’t be happier for Harri and his family and we look forward to keeping everyone updated on his progress and their fantastic holiday next year.
Written by Sherelle Matthews