Magic Harry meets his idol

A budding young magician, who has a rare form of cancer, will have a second chance to meet his idol.

Harry Phillips, nine, first met the magician impossible, Dynamo, after being granted a wish by Rays of Sunshine.

The charity, which supports children living with serious illness, has now offered Harry, and his siblings Hannah, 14 and Luke, 12 the chance to race a Ferrari around Silverstone’s track.

And Dynamo will be special guest at the race day.

Harry, who is in remission from acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and still has regular chemotherapy treatment, was introduced to magic in hospital when his parents Karen and Andrew, both 39, bought him his first magic set.

Mrs Phillips, said: “We bought Harry the magic set when he was admitted for treatment as something for him to do in hospital. He just took to it and absolutely loves it.”

Harry, of The Orchards, Methley, first met Dynamo in April. He showed the legendary magician a few tricks of his own and even gave him a signed photo to keep as a momento.

Mrs Phillips said: “Harry did a few tricks and was in his element. All three of the children are now looking forward to the race day. It’s great the charity includes Harry’s siblings as well as his illness has impacted on their lives too.”

Harry and his family have dedicated much of their time to fundraising and in the first year of his treatment, raised more than £30,000 for Candlelighters cancer charity.

They also store and distribute Chemo Ducks - a cuddly toy used to comfort children with cancer - across the UK through their family-run shipping business, after supply issues in the USA prevented Harry from having his own.

Harry and his father spend their free time on children’s hospital wards, dressed as, and handing out the Chemo Ducks to other poorly children.

Mrs Phillips said: “When Harry was diagnosed, it turned our whole world upside down. It was really scary and a huge a shock.

“We now have a different life and routine, a different kind of normal. Everyone, including doctors, nurses and charities, who has helped us to adapt to that has been amazing.

“We want to give something back to them and do whatever we can to help out other children like Harry.”

The family are hosting a onesie and fancy dress fun run to raise money for Candlelighters.

The 2.85 mile route will take runners and walkers along the river Aire and Aire and Calder Navigation.

Participants should meet at Station Road in Methley, by the side of the canal on Sunday, September 14.

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