A COMMUNITY has rallied round to raise more than £1,000 on behalf of a six-year-old boy who suffers from a rare disease.
Henry Batterby suffers from brittle bone disease and his parents roped in some help from friends to organise a fund-raising evening to raise money for the Brittle Bone Society.
His parents Chris and Jessica met with friends family and neighbours at the Crown Inn in Marston Montgomery on Saurday, incorporating music and a barbecue.
Mr Batterby said: “Jessica and I would like to thank many people for their offer of help and contribution.
“We would especially like to thank Simon Spencer of Spencer’s Bakery in Ashbourne for the donation of the bread rolls, to Marks Butchers on Shawcroft car park who kindly helped with the provision of the meat for the barbecue and a meat voucher for the raffle.
“To Terry Weston and Derek Bullock for their kind help in organising and running of the charity event and to the members of local community for pulling together and showing real friendship and sense of community, we thank you all.”
Norbury School pupil Henry is currently in a wheel chair after breaking his thigh bone around six months ago but has returned to the school this term.
Mr Batterby added: “He has only just gone back to school in the last three to four weeks, due to the enormous help, kindness and dedication of not only the teachers but also some of the parents at Norbury School.
“I and my wife Jessica would first like to sincerely thank them all for their dedication and kindness in looking after Henry.”
Six months ago Henry broke his leg and had to be air-lifted to Royal Derby Hospital, where he underwent treatment.
He was then transferred to Sheffield Children’s Hospital to have both his thigh bones rodded with stainless steel to reinforce his legs and reduce the effects of future fractures.
Several casts and hundred of hours of physio later, his legs can bear weight and he can almost walk.
Last year Henry was awarded a Derbyshire Young Achievers Award for the bravery he has shown where he met football legend Robbie Savage.
His nominator at the time, head teacher Karen Forrest said: “Even when things get tough for Henry, or he’s in more pain than normal, he’s always his usual cheery self, with a winning infectious smile that can’t fail to inspire.”