Help floods in to support disabled athlete Harry, 19

Harry Thompson
Harry Thompson

Support has flooded in to help make a disabled teenager’s home better suited to his needs following a DIY SOS appeal in last week’s Northumberland Gazette.

Harry Thompson’s mum, Michelle, voiced her frustration at the year-long delay in getting her home adapted for her son.

The 19-year-old boccia player, suffers from a severe muscle-wasting condition called Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy which leaves him confined to a wheelchair. But his East Learmonth home does not have a ramp and his specialist bathroom equipment remains in storage.

Michelle said: “We have had a lot of offers of help so far, which is absolutely amazing. We cannot believe how quickly this project is beginning to move.”

Offers have come from an Alnwick businessman as well as Berwick tradesmen and a fund-raising appeal has pulled in £735, including an anonymous £500 donation.

“We were absolutely astounded to see that,” Michelle added.

Four Housing says it hopes to find a solution. Dawn Keightley, group director of operations, said: “Our care and repair team has been working with Mrs Thompson along with a number of other organisations, in order to assess how to best accommodate the needs for adaptations to the home for her son.”