Downham Market couple’s fundraising drive for Great Ormond Street Hospital

Proud parents Neil Brown and Hannah Bush have raised thousands of pounds for Great Ormond Street Hospital after surgeons changed their son's life.

Little one-year-old Harry Brown was born with a head that bulged towards the back. The over-lapped skull bones had become fused and doctors were concerned Harry would be left with a misshapen skull.

But in a life-changing two-hour operation, surgeons cut a large S-shape on the crown of Harry's head before inserting sets of springs at the front, middle and back, to re-balance the shape. The springs were then removed a month later, having completed their task.

The couple, who live in Downham Market, were so delighted by the treatment they received throughout their ordeal, they set about raising runds for the hospital.

They have now handed over a cheque of �3,610 for the hospital's Craniofacial Fund and Tiger Ward, the ward Harry stayed on.

Mr Brown, 40, said: 'We started raising money in December with a coffee morning and we then attended car boot sales, had a sponsored head shave and a Easter raffle.

'But we had also people donating right up to the day we took the cheque down to the hospital and we both can't believe how the money just kept coming. People have been so kind and generous and we raised a lot more than we thought we would get.'

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Miss Bush, 32, added: 'Everyone at the hospital were fantastic to all of us and really helped us pull through. They have to deal with a lot and to be honest I am not sure how they manage to deal with it but they were so great to us.

'It's an incredible place but they rely on �50m of charity donations each year so that is why we decided to do our bit to help.'

The couple have said they will organise a small fundraising event next year for the hospital but are not sure what they are going to do yet.

They were also delighted to hear the next book fair in Hilgay, which raises thousands for charity twice a year, will raise funds for the London hospital.

The bi-annual event is organised by village butcher Ali Dent and will be held in October.

Mr Brown added: 'I think we always will appreciate everything the hospital have done for our Harry.

'He is now doing really well. We celebrated his first birthday last month and he is crawling around everywhere now.'

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