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Memorial for tragic Leeds youngster

Harry Whitlam's mum Pam is raising money for Yorkshire Air Ambulance in memory of her son

Harry Whitlam's mum Pam is raising money for Yorkshire Air Ambulance in memory of her son

A heartbroken Leeds mum is holding a special birthday auction to help her late son’s memory live on.

Harry Whitlam, 11, died in August after he was involved in an accident with a tractor at Swithens Farm, in Rothwell.

The youngster died at Leeds General Infirmary despite surgery to treat his injuries.

Paramedics from the Yorkshire Air Ambulance airlifted the youngster to hospital - enough to give him the chance to have surgery.

His devoted mum Pam is hoping her son’s memory will live on by saving the lives of others.

They are raising hundreds of pounds for Yorkshire Air Ambulance who helped Harry before he sadly died.

Pam is holding a special charity auction next month on what would have been her treasured son’s 12th birthday.

She said: “It would have been Harry’s birthday.

“It’s a celebration in memory of Harry and I want it to be a party for him.

“The air ambulance means a lot to me. They came on that day and give him a chance of the operation.

“I don’t think I would have coped with losing him there and then on that day.

“They gave him a chance and I am so grateful that they chose to come and take care of Harry.”

Celebrities have donated items to the auction including Harry’s favourite musician Avicii, television stars Ant and Dec, ice skating legends Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean and Leeds’s very own Keith Lemon.

Pam and her two friends Julie Grundy and Bethany Abernethy are set to take part in a sky dive to raise money for Harry’s Forever Young Fund.

The challenge will be held in Brigg on March 29 and money raised for the fund will help to support Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Pam added: “It is a good opportunity to raise some awareness for the air ambulance.

“You just never know when you may need them.

“I never thought I would need them but they were there.

“I just hope that no-one needs to use them but one day you just never know.”

The charity auction will be held at The Village Hotel, in Tingley, on Thursday, April 3 at 7.30pm.

Tickets for the auction cost £10 each.

For more information email Julie Grundy on j_grundy@ymail.com.

 

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