Life saving bid by Leeds boy’s pals

Harry Whitlam.
Harry Whitlam.
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School friends of a Leeds boy who died after a tragic accident have stepped up to help his memory live on.

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

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

A defibrillator helped to get Harry’s heart beating again when he arrived at hospital – enough to give him the chance to have surgery.

Harry’s friends from Oakwood Pupil Support Centre took part in a three-mile sponsored walk to raise over £350 from their walk around Temple Newsam, and Harry’s mum Pam has now decided to donate the money from the school to his friend Cody Hartley to purchase a defibrillator in Harry’s memory.

Rodilian High student Cody, 11, from Thorpe, is campaigning to have defibrillators installed in every school across the country.

Pam said: “Harry had to have a defibrillator used on him twice to give him the chance of an operation.

“Unfortunately he died but that machine gave him a chance.

“This is just so touching and it reminds me that my little boy has had such an impact on so many people.

“Hopefully Harry’s memory can help others and he could help someone else.

“If this defibrillator can help save one life then it is worth it.”

Pam, who has returned back to work at the farm, added: “I would like to say thank you to all my friends at the farm for welcoming me back to work and continuing to support me through this difficult time.”

Cody’s mum Sheree Hartley said her daughter has raised nearly £2,000 for the lifesaving devices.

The money will help Cody to buy her third defibrillator which will be installed in a location of her choice.

She said: “I think it is just fantastic and amazing. Harry would be pleased and they were very close friends.”

Cody added: “It’s really nice. It feels like they appreciate what I’m doing.”

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