Harrison helped by half marathon fundraising effort

Our business and marketing manager turned long distance runner to raise funds to enable a terminally-ill six-year-old boy to visit Disneyland Paris.

Peter Lefley and his close friend Jordan Tunnicliffe completed the Hull Humber Bridge Half Marathon and raised an incredible £4,021 for Harrison Parker, from Killamarsh, North Derbyshire, to travel to Disneyland Paris – a dream which features on the youngster’s bucket list.

Harrison was born with a congenital heart disease known as Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) – a condition which means the left lower pumping chamber of Harrison’s heart hasn’t developed properly, meaning his heart is unable to pump blood around the body effectively.

He also has other heart conditions, including an unbalanced atrioventricular septal defects (AVSD) and Bilateral Superior Vena Cava and a Systolic Murmur, all of which further impact on his health.

To prolong and give him a better quality of life, Harrison has undergone three open-heart surgeries - the last in November 2013.

Peter, from Scotter on the border of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, first met Harrison when the six-year-old visited our showroom.

Peter said: “Harrison has written a list called ‘things to do before I pop it’, and believe us when we say that this list, which includes some small, simple ideas, are his ideas of what he would like to do before his time arrives. We do not know when that time will be.

“We do know that we don’t have a great deal of time to make a difference to Harrison at such a young age. The cost of the trip to Paris is around £3,000 – this includes £1,000 of insurance – so we need to raise as much as possible.

“Due to his medical condition, Harrison is unable to travel via the channel tunnel or by aeroplane, so will be travelling by ferry. He’ll also require specific medications and support to enable the trip to take place.

“Sometimes, just sometimes, we can make a difference. We’d would like to thank the general public, as well as sponsors and of course John Holland, for their extreme generosity in Harrison’s hour of need. It's been absolutely brilliant to make this little boy’s dream come true and get him over to Disneyland Paris,” said Peter.

Peter ran his first half marathon with his close friend Jordan Tunnicliffe, and we supported the pair in their efforts along the way. Harrison was at the finish line on the day of the event to cheer the duo home.

As well as ourselves, among the major supporters of Peter and Jordan’s efforts were Sports Direct Meadowhall, Auto Trader UK and HR Media Ltd. The shirts worn by Peter and Jordan had the John Holland and Sports Direct logos, amongst others, emblazoned upon them for the race.

For more information or to donate, visit Peter and Jordan’s JustGiving page: https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/HarrisonParker