Fun day raises £2,000 in honour of "miracle" premature baby from Tadworth

This Is Local London: Lenny Harrison with his parents at home after 100 days in hospital Lenny Harrison with his parents at home after 100 days in hospital

A fun day raised £2,000 in honour of a "miracle" premature baby who survived a heart attack, a hole in the heart, bleeding in his brain and infections.

Lenny Harrison was born at 24 weeks at Epsom Hospital, weighing 1lb 13oz, in November and spent his first 100 days receiving life-saving care at four hospitals.

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His parents Shelley Court and Dean Harrison, from Tadworth Street, Tadworth, thanked friends for coming up with the idea of a fundraising event at Burgh Heath Social Club on Sunday, May 25.

Miss Court said the event raised £1,000 for First Touch, a charity that supports sick and premature babies receiving care at St George's Hospital where Lenny stayed.

Another £1,000 was divided between neonatal units at Epsom Hospital and St Helier Hospital, where he was later transferred.

Miss Court said: "Good friends of ours, Julie Blunden and Liz Ellis, decided it would be a good idea to organise an event to raise money to say thank you for everything the hospital did for Lenny, myself and Dean.

"We had a special visit from the senior neonatal nurse who delivered Lenny when he was born. Her name Is Anne Maria Hayes, it was very emotional to see her and lovely that she turned up."

Miss Court said about 150 people came to the event, which included a bouncy castle, disco, raffle and lots of activities for children.

She said: "We were overwhelmed at how many people turned up. The local community has really got together and come forward. It's amazing."

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8:25am Fri 30 May 14

jswan1 says...

Wonderful idea for a great cause. Super to see the family all at home and happy together after what must have been an incredibly difficult time.
Wonderful idea for a great cause. Super to see the family all at home and happy together after what must have been an incredibly difficult time. jswan1
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