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Henry strides out in charity fund-raiser
6:00am Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
A BIG-hearted youngster put his best feet forward to raise awareness of a neurological disease just months after he was diagnosed with the illness.
Eleven-year-old Henry Bowers, from Bewdley, took part in a sponsored walk from Wolverley to Caunsall and back, raising £2,300 for the Charcot Marie Tooth (CMT) charity. Friends and family came out to support him on theday.
The Bewdley High School and Sixth Form Centre pupilwas diagnosed with the progressive condition, which damages nerves outside the brain and spine, in February. Despite still coming to terms with the diagnosis, the youngster decided to organise the walk so he could do his bit to raise awareness of the inherited disorder, which can cause weakness of the foot and lower legmuscles.
He said. “As September is CMT awareness month, I wanted to do something to spread the word about CMT, as not many people have heard of it, and to raise money for research into a cure.
“Although four miles might not seem like a long distance, it is for me as sometimes my legs don’t work properly and I get tired very easily.
“My first target was to see if I could raise £100 but my family and friends were so generous that within two weeks I had been promised more than £2,000 in sponsorship.”
He added: “On the day I was worried that I might find the walk too tiring but I was determined to complete it.
“My friends and family had such belief in me and lots of them came with me to provide support along the way. As the CMT charity has been so helpful to me and my family, I wanted to do something for them.”
People can still support Henry by making a donation at.justgiving.com/ Henry-Bowers
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