Help for Harvey

Sheffied combined scooter present a cheque for �2000 to Harvey Phillips, six, who lost both his legs and lower-right arm after catching  meningitis when he was a toddler. Harvey on one of the scooters

Sheffied combined scooter present a cheque for �2000 to Harvey Phillips, six, who lost both his legs and lower-right arm after catching meningitis when he was a toddler. Harvey on one of the scooters

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Little Harvey Phillips could get a new pair of lightweight prosthetic legs after his dad got on his bike to help pay for them.

Darren Phillips and a group of friends set off from John O’Groats, Scotland, on Thursday, at 9pm, intending ride the 930 miles to arrive at the other end of Britain at Land’s End, a week on Monday.

The money they raise will be divided between the Air Ambulance Service and a fund set up to help pay for new legs for eight-year-old Harvey.

Each set of legs costs about £20,000 and Darrenhopes to raise enough to pay for four pairs, to last Harvey through to adulthood.

Harvey, who now lives in Louth, Lincolnshire, was aged just nine months when he contracted meningitis on a visit to his grandparents in Parson Cross, where his mum Lisa is from.

He was rushed to Sheffield Children’s Hospital, where surgeons removed his legs and an arm.

During his nine weeks in hospital, Harvey won the hearts of Star readers and a visit from boxing champion Clinton Woods.

Harvey is growing up quickly and in desperate need of lightweight legs.

Darren said the family are still waiting to hear from Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital about whether the NHS will fund the legs.

He said: “We’ve been waiting for months to hear whether they can fund them.

“Now we intend to do something about it, by trying to raise as much as we can to help pay for some if they won’t.

“His present legs are heavy and uncomfortable, but Harvey never complains.”

Darren, aged 42, a painter, said he and his fellow riders have been preparing for months.

He said: “We’ve been practising on the Lincolnshire Wolds. That means one or two steep climbs, but nothing like as steep as we will face in Scotland.

“But we’re all inspired by Harvey. He’s unbelievable. He plays football, loves dancing and in September he’s being assessed by swimming coaches from the GB Paralympic squad.

“Nothing gets in his way of being a proper little lad.”

n Log on to www.justgiving.com/harvey-philips2012 to sponsor the riders.

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