Knockout! Comet readers respond
PUBLISHED: 12:19 15 June 2006 | UPDATED: 10:20 06 May 2010
KIND hearted Comet readers have donated an amazing £2,823 in just one week to help improve the quality of life of a 10-year-old boy with a terminal genetic condition. Cheques have flooded in for Cameron Harrison, who suffers from Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD
KIND hearted Comet readers have donated an amazing £2,823 in just one week to help improve the quality of life of a 10-year-old boy with a terminal genetic condition.
Cheques have flooded in for Cameron Harrison, who suffers from Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), which can rob sufferers of all their bodily functions.
One woman donated £1,000 to the cause and other donations have included cheques for £500 and £150.
Cameron's identical twin brother Alex died of ALD two years ago and now Cameron is blind, deaf and unable to speak or walk.
His heartbroken parents want to raise £7,000 to buy a tail lift for their car and a motorised therapy centre, both of which will help improve the time Cameron has left.
Cameron's mum Karen, from Frensham Drive, Hitchin, said she was "overwhelmed" by the response to the appeal.
She said: "My husband said we might get a couple of hundred pounds, so we're just absolutely amazed.
"Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, it will really make a difference to Cameron."
Hitchin Rugby Club, where Cameron's dad John is a long time member, is among those offering to help out the tragic youngster.
The club is collecting donations from other members and will also add to the total raised.
Shefford boxer Steve Roache has pledged to donate a percentage of the ticket sales from his next fight to Cameron's Appeal.
Light-heavyweight Steve will fight Lee Wrigley at the Circus Tavern in Purfleet, Essex on Friday, July 28.
He said: "Every time I have a fight I like to raise some sort of money for charity. I saw this young fellow and thought 'I'd like to help him'."
To buy tickets to the fight, ring 07973 162285.
Cameron's former classmates from High-over JMI School, Hitchin, have decided to set up a fundraising stall for the youngster at the school's summer fayre this Saturday. The event will take place from 11.30am to 2.30pm.
If you would like to make a donation to Cameron, send cheques or postal orders (no cash), made payable to Cameron Harrison, to Cameron's Appeal, The Comet, Bank House, Primett Road, Stevenage, SG1 3EE.