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Climbing high in aid of Harry's charity

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: May 05, 2014

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FUND-RAISERS from a Sudbury tractor firm are to take on the famous Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for a youngster suffering from cerebral palsy.

Eight employees of Hallmark Tractors, Sudbury, are to pull on their climbing boots in aid of the Harry Culwick Fund and the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The first charity raises money to help six-year-old Harry, of Packington, receive advanced biochemical treatment, which costs £5,300 a year.

Harry and his twin brother, Luke, were born at 28 weeks due to complications from discordant growth.

Harry weighed just 1lb 6ozs and was later diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

He has encountered multiple problems and initially was unable to sit up, stand, walk or talk and was barely able to hold his head up.

Hallmark Tractors will also be raising funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society in memory of Isobel Kendrew, who died from the condition earlier this year.

The climbs will take place on May 17 and 18.

Jim Nash, managing director of Hallmark Tractors, said: "We have decided to give back to our local and wider community by raising funds for treatment for Harry Culwick, who has cerebral palsy, and the Multiple Sclerosis Society in memory of our friend Isobel Kendrew, who went to Repton School.

"These are two causes very close to our hearts.

"In order to raise funds, we will be attempting the national Three Peaks Challenge, which involves walking up Mount Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis in the space of 24 hours.

"On January 11, our beautiful friend, Isobel, sadly lost her long battle with multiple sclerosis at the age of 45.

"We know that she died with great dignity in her own home in Paignton, Devon, in her own bed and with her dad and carers at her side."

Anybody who would like to make a donation is asked to go to the fund-raisers' Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/hallmark-tractors.

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