Harry inspires charity night for Mayfield centre

Grace Pool, Harry Reid and mum Lynne Reid (right)

Grace Pool, Harry Reid and mum Lynne Reid (right)

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A charity event takes place on Friday to raise money for Hawthorn Children and Families Centre and a Mayfield boy who charmed its staff.

Nursery officer Grace Pool (27), is hosting a fundraiser at the Thaisanuk restaurant in Edinburgh, which her partner owns.

She wants to raise money for the Mayfield centre where she works and Dravet Syndrome UK, a charity looking for a cure for the form of epilepsy that five-year-old “character”Harry Reid suffers from.

She said: “I saw how much it affected Harry and his family, so I wanted to raise money for Dravet Syndrome UK and for a defibrillator machine for Hawthorn.

“We miss Harry very much, he was a big part of the centre, a real character. I worked with him quite a lot so it has taken a lot of getting used to with him now being at school.

“He is coming to the event which is great. It should be a great night which will hopefully raise a lot of money.”

Harry’s mum Lynne (32) is delighted that Grace thought of the Saltersgate pupil when deciding to hold a fundraiser.

She said: “It means the world to us because this charity could be a road to a cure for Harry’s condition, which has affected everyone involved with him.

“He was born happy and healthy but when he was four months old he had seizures, then when he was eight months old he became one of the youngest people to be diagnosed with the condition.”

Go to www.thaisanuk.eventbrite.co.uk to buy a ticket or raffle ticket for Friday’s event, or make a donation.

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