Runner brings Harvey’s swing one step nearer

Cheque handover:  Barry Brock, who ran the Great North Run and raised �625 for Harvey Roberts, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, pictured with his parents Jade Stark and James Roberts.
Cheque handover: Barry Brock, who ran the Great North Run and raised �625 for Harvey Roberts, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, pictured with his parents Jade Stark and James Roberts.

A special swing for a baby boy with a muscle-wasting disease is a step closer thanks to the fund-raising efforts of Burnley folk.

As reported recently in the Burnley Express, Jade Stark and James Roberts’ one-year-old son Harvey has been diagnosed with the condition muscular dystrophy.

The couple’s colleagues at the Burnley Asda store are busy raising money to fund the specialist swing which will allow Harvey to play in his own garden.

Jade said: “Harvey is doing well, but we can’t take him to a normal playground. We have to adapt our garden so we’ve arranged some fund-raising activities, and we also want to help the muscular dystrophy charity as well.”

Touched by their story, the husband of one of their colleagues, Mr Barry Brock, pulled on his running shoes and raised £620 by taking part in the Great North Run.

Barry, who works for Aircelle in Burnley, said: “Doing the Great North Run was a fantastic occasion, and I would urge anyone who wants a challenge to take part in this great race as the crowds in Newcastle are amazing and the whole event is so well run.

“My target time was one hour 30 minutes and I managed to run one hour, 27 minutes. The most important thing was that I managed to raise £620 for little Harvey, mainly from my friends here at Aircelle.”

A band night at Burnley League Club also raised £600 for the muscular dystrophy charity.