Leaping Lizards pals rally to help poorly Harry (4)

Harry Halpin. (s)
Harry Halpin. (s)

A group of Ribble Valley friends of a little boy suffering with a life-limiting condition have signed up to run the Lytham 10km to raise funds for research into the cruel disease.

Harry Halpin (4), of Formby, Merseyside, was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Distrophy at the age of two.

The condition is caused by a lack of the vital protein dystrophin, which causes the body’s muscles to weaken over time, eventually leading to 
paralysis. At present there is no cure and funding is needed for research and treatment which could lengthen life expectancy for sufferers.

A team of six supporters from the Leaping Lizards play centre in Clitheroe will run the race after owner Adele Aspinwall, a friend of Harry’s mum, Rachel, gathered friends together to help.

Adele said: “I’ve known Rachel for more than 20 years and our families have grown up alongside each other.

“We want to raise anything we can to go for research on Harry’s condition. Along with the run, we are holding a chocolate quiz at Leaping Lizards with the winner receiving a year’s free pass. My daughter, Olive, has also designed a colouring competition for children of all ages to enter.”

Harry’s mum, Rachel, said: “We are overwhelmed by Adele and all the team from Leaping Lizards helping Harry by running the 10km and would like to thank them and everyone who has supported them in the event by donating money.

“It means so much to us. We are devastated by the diagnosis but friends and family have given us strength to carry on fighting for him.”