Father raises �3,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital

A Norfolk father has raised about �3,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital to thank them for the 'exceptional' care and treatment that his son was given there.

Harry Brown, who will be celebrating his first birthday next month, had two operations at Great Ormond Street last year to correct an abnormally shaped head.

He was born with a head that bulged towards the back and doctors feared he would be left with a permanently misshapen skull that could lead to neurological problems later in life.

But Neil Brown, 40, from Heron Close, Downham Market, said that his son has now made a full recovery and he has been raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital since December to express his gratitude.

He said: 'I really can't thank them enough. It was a real ordeal for us to go down there and for Harry to have these operations.

'I can't explain the feeling of carrying your four-month old baby to an operating theatre and it was really terrifying. But the nurses and the surgeon were exceptional.

'We went there not knowing what was going to happen but the surgeon explained everything to us and we immediately felt better.

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'Harry didn't want for anything when he was there and I think it's only right that I should give something back.'

He added: 'Harry will go back there next month for a check up but we understand this should be pretty straight forward. I'll hand over all of the money we've raised then.'

Mr Brown has been helped by friends and family in his fundraising.

Money has been raised through a coffee morning, car boot sales, various events at Clever Clogs play group and, on Saturday, Mr Brown and his brother-in-law David Whitehurst both had their heads shaved at Sorella's Hair Studio in Downham Market, which is run by Mr Brown's sisters Susan Whitehurst and Beverley Brown.

A raffle was also held on the day and Mr Brown estimates that about �500 was raised.

He said: 'This was a good way of involving all of the family and we made quite a day of it with about 50 people coming to watch.

'We had 60 raffle prizes donated by friends and local businesses which is fantastic. The support I've had from people throughout the fund raising has been absolutely amazing.'

He added: 'Going down to Great Ormond Street has really opened my eyes to what a fantastic job they do down there for so many people and they rely on �50m per year from public donations to keep running.

'To be able to do our bit and raise �3,000 is great as I had originally set a target of �500. I think I'll keep going with it and donate a bit every year.'

adam.lazzari@archant.co.uk