1 year ago today lots of strangers came together for a special little boy.
Dressed in onesies they made their way to the MK Dons Stadium in the hope of breaking a world record.
In the lead up to that day I met some awesome people who I can still call friends today. I did not know Henry or his parents but I wanted to help. What happened over that 6 weeks will stay in my heart forever. We did it for Henry, we broke a world record but I wish hearts had not been broken saying goodbye to the little man.
We initially we fundraising to get him treatment abroad but in the 6 weeks his family had to prepare to say goodbye instead. Devastated for him, his parents and the loyal team of fundraisers who had been trying so hard to raise £500,000. Henry’s family had raised £100,000 plus and on this day last year and leading up to it we raised £4,500 but this was not enough.
£500,000 is a huge amount to raise and today there are still several families trying to do this! Why do parents have to do this? I totally felt for the parents of Ashya King, the five-year-old boy who was taken out of hospital against doctors’ orders, his parents wanted him to have treatment abroad but the NHS does not fund this.
Update on Ashya: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/news/world-news/item/123796-ashya-king-doing-well-and-due-back-in-spain Really hoping the Proton treatment helps him like it did for little Alexander. http://www.bucksherald.co.uk/news/more-news/alex-all-set-to-go-back-to-school-after-lifesaving-treatment-1-6021366 Without dedicated fundraisers this country there would be many more heart breaking stories. I really hope the future sees better NHS / International relations to get all cancer sufferers the treatment they need, if it is felt that it will help cure.
Henry’s parents are still raising awareness today, even after their loss they are fundraising to help others.
https://www.facebook.com/thehenryallentrust I will support The Henry Allen Trust always.
Thank you again to everyone who made last year happen and maybe we will do it again someday. World Record Attempts are definitely a great way to bring a community together. Sleep tight little man x Hope, dream & believe