Wheelchair giving a new lease of life to Harry

Young Harry Dempsey is presented with a specialised wheelchair, after a 12-week fundraising drive with events held at Dover Lock pub, Abram, pictured with family, from left, Kelvin Jones, Lucas James Jones, four-months-old, Tiegan Jones, Ian and Clare Rigby landlord and landlady of the Dover Lock pub, mum Lindsay Southworth, fundraiser Stephen Farnworth and sister Lily May Dempsey, seven
Young Harry Dempsey is presented with a specialised wheelchair, after a 12-week fundraising drive with events held at Dover Lock pub, Abram, pictured with family, from left, Kelvin Jones, Lucas James Jones, four-months-old, Tiegan Jones, Ian and Clare Rigby landlord and landlady of the Dover Lock pub, mum Lindsay Southworth, fundraiser Stephen Farnworth and sister Lily May Dempsey, seven
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A “MIRACLE” six-year-old with an extremely rare heart condition has been given a new lease of life after a community came together to help him.

Suffering from an array of life-threatening heart conditions, little Harry Dempsey has so far had to struggle to get around with his manual wheelchair.

But now, thanks to the kind-hearted generosity of friends and family, the Abram CE Primary pupil has been given a state-of-the-art new electric wheelchair.

The Platt Bridge youngster suffers from a potentially fatal form of complex congenital cyanotic heart disease.

Family have been told there has only been one other reported case of this condition in the UK. So far he has defied the odds after medics gave him just eight weeks to live at birth.

And after all these years alter doctors at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool say there is nothing medically more that they can do and so friends have decided to ensure Harry gets the most out of life.

Leading the fund-raising has been family friend Stephen Farnworth who said he was so touched by Harry’s plight that he felt he had to coordinate the campaign.

He added: “Just seeing the smile on his face now is worth all the effort.

“He’s so brave and we all just wanted to do something to help make his life easier.

“I can’t wait for the next fund-raising mission now.”

And Clare Rigby of Abram’s Dover Lock Inn, who hosted many of the charity nights that helpled reach the £6,500 target for the motorised vehicle, said little Harry was over the moon.

She added: “He was absolutely made up when we gave him the chair.

“I know it will literally transform his life and I hope he enjoys every minute of it.”

Mum Lindsay Southworth described her son as a little miracle.

The 39-year-old said: “Every minute we spend with Harry is a bonus.

“And this chair has just give him another lease of life.

“Before, I had to push him in his wheelchair and now it will be great for him to just be with his friends without me standing behind, it will give him a bit more independence.

“The condition is affecting him more as he grows and he’s becoming frequently tired.

“Everybody who has helped has been amazing and has helped the family so much, we’re overwhelmed at their generosity.”

Harry has inspired many throughout the borough with his bravery. And his older sister Whitney, 18, has been inspired to study nursing at university by his illness.

Events organised in and around Abram included both a beer festival and fun day at the Dover Lock plus a sponsored bike ride.