Brave Harry’s ‘Runsie’ brings family’s charity total to £45,000

Harry Phillips, age nine, from Methley, has been on a fundraising mission since being diagnosed with leukaemia 18 months ago.
Harry Phillips, age nine, from Methley, has been on a fundraising mission since being diagnosed with leukaemia 18 months ago.
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A plucky nine-year-old who is being treated for leukaemia has inspired around 180 people to don their onesie pyjama suits in aid of charity.

Harry Phillips, who attends Methley Primary School, joined family, friends and supporters in the second annual ‘Runsie’ fun run which his family set up to support the Candlelighters children’s cancer charity at Leeds General Infirmary.

Around £2,000 was raised at the 2.85mile run in his home village of Methley on Sunday, which brings the youngster’s fundraising total to an impressive £45,000 in just over 18 months.

Harry’s close-knit family and supportive villagers have led everything from fundraising bake sales to charity dinners since his diagnosis in November 2012.

Karen Phillips, Harry’s mum, told the YEP: “The Runsie was a good couple of hours of fun and we’re really pleased with it. It’s great, and Harry’s doing really well. He’s still on with his chemo and will be until March 2016.”

The family are now in the process of setting up a charity of their own to do their bit for children with leukaemia.

The Phillips’ hope to launch a ‘Give a Duck’ charity to pay for special ‘chemo ducks’, which are toy mascots for children undergoing chemotherapy, and gift them to charity’s such as Candlelighters to free up funds for their support work.

Karen added: “Candlelighters have just given us so much support.”

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