'Superhero' Thornton boy with cerebral palsy raises £6,400 on 26-day walk

Inspirational 12-year-old took on challenge for charity that helped his 'amazing' mum

Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 6:17 am
Updated Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 1:54 pm
Harry crosses the finishing tape

A 12-year-old boy from Thornton has raised £6,400 for blood cancer charity Lymphoma Action by walking one mile a day for 26 days.

Harry Smith who has cerebral palsy, started his marathon on March 1 to raise money for both the NHS and the charity that supports people affected by lymphoma.

Harry's mum, Mel, was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in 2007.

Harry Smith

Lymphoma is the most common cancer in teenagers and young adults. Every year, more than 19,500 new cases are identified in the UK alone, making it the UK’s fifth most common cancer. Around 125,000 people are currently living with lymphoma.

Harry said: “I wanted to give back to a charity who help people like my amazing mum.

“I also wanted to give to the NHS as a thank you for the wonderful work they have done to fight Covid-19 over the last year”.

Harry's mum, Mel, said: “It has been a big challenge for Harry, but he has done amazingly well. We are all incredibly proud of him.”

12-year-old Harry Smith has been dubbed a superhero

Founded by patients in 1986, Lymphoma Action provides services including a freephone helpline, support group network, buddy service, medical information, conferences for those affected by lymphoma, and education and training for healthcare professionals.

Spokesman Sarah Thorn said: “We want to say a huge congratulations to Harry. He really is an inspirational young man. Everyone in our team has been cheering him on. He really is a superhero.

“We are so grateful to Harry for raising such an amazing amount to support our work in providing vital information and support to those affected by lymphoma.

“Through funds raised by people like Harry, we can continue making sure that no one has to face lymphoma alone.”