A local government officer will be taking on the Virgin Money London Marathon to raise money for The Sick Children’s Trust in memory of 15 year old Harry Lowings who tragically passed away last year.
Andrew Harvey, 43, from Bacton, is training five days a week to complete the race to raise £2,500 for The Sick Children’s Trust which supported his neighbours, Tracey and Gary Lowings, with free ‘Home from Home’ accommodation while their son, Harry, battled for his life in two specialist hospitals miles away from home.
In 2017 Harry became seriously unwell and was diagnosed with juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM) – a condition which mainly affects the muscles and skin, but can also affect a number of systems within the body. Harry was given medication to improve his health, however, despite initially responding well his condition deteriorated and he was rushed to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. Two weeks later, Harry was then rushed to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for further specialist treatment. At GOSH, Harry spent six weeks fighting for his life before tragically passing away in June last year, aged just 15 years old.
Since his death, the community has rallied around the family to say thank you to The Sick Children’s Trust, raising over £8,000 from a memorial day. The Sick Children’s Trust, which supports families with seriously ill children in hospital with free ‘Home from Home’ accommodation, gave Harry’s parents a place to stay for two months whilst he was being treated at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and GOSH. This meant they were never more than a few minutes from Harry’s hospital bedside.