Harry’s battle gets backing of village

21st March 2013. Eight-year-old Harry Phillips from Methley, who is raising money for Candlelighters.'Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe
21st March 2013. Eight-year-old Harry Phillips from Methley, who is raising money for Candlelighters.'Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe
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Villagers are backing an eight-year-old boy who has leukaemia by fundraising for a charity which has been helping him.

Harry Phillips, of Methley, is halfway through a six-month course of intensive chemotherapy after being diagnosed in November. Villagers have shown their support by putting on collectinos, selling badges and ribbons, dancing and even getting tattoos to raise more than £3,000 for Leeds General Infirmary-based charity Candlelighters.

Harry’s grandfather also asked for donations for his 70th birthday and dance troupe JKS dedicated a showcase to the Methley Primary School pupil.

Harry’s mum Karen, 37, said: “You know your family and friends are there, but until something happens you don’t realise to what extent the community gets behind you. Harry’s been a little superstar, he’s been so brave.

“The first thing that crossed my mind was that I was going to lose him and with the uncertainty from the doctors, it was just really scary.”

Harry receives weekly treatment at LGI, where he has spent stints with support from Candlelighters children’s cancer charity.

His family are now hoping to organise a ‘runsie’, where participants do a two-mile run through the village in onsies, while his father Andrew, 38, has signed up to do the Great North Run in September and Yorkshire Marathon in October to raise more cash. Visit www.justgiving.com/andrew-phillips74 to donate.