Police give brave Stuart a day to remember

March 03 2018

PC PAUL Fortune put smiles on the faces of five-year-old twins Stuart and Jamie Harding when he gave them a tour of Staple Hill police station and a look inside a police car.

PC PAUL Fortune put smiles on the faces of five-year-old twins Stuart and Jamie Harding when he gave them  a tour of Staple Hill police station and a look inside a police car.

PC Paul met Stuart, who is being treated for leukaemia,  at a coffee morning at Mangotsfield CofE primary school in January. 

Mum Alison said: “Stuart was so chuffed to to meet PC Paul and to try on his hat.”

The neighbourhood constable arranged the police station visit for February half term, when both boys were delighted to receive personal epaulettes made especially for them. 

“This was one of the many items on Stuart’s ‘to do list’, and we are so appreciative to PC Paul and his team for making it happen”, Alison said. 

PC Fortune said: “It was a pleasure to meet Stuart, who is one of the bravest people I have ever met.”

Stuart was taken ill in October 2016 and is being treated at Bristol Children’s Hospital. After chemotherapy and months in isolation, his treatment is now largely outpatient based and he hopes to join his brother at school soon.

Alison and her husband Chris, who also have a three-year-old daughter Eilidh, are raising money for three blood cancer charities – Bloodwise, DKMS and Anthony Nolan.

Alison said: “It’s been a really hard time for us as a family, so we took up running in July 2017 in order to try and find something positive that we could aim for together. We wanted to raise funds, as well as raise awareness of childhood cancer and what these kids have to go through. 

“Anything that we can do to help will be an amazing thing, not just for Stuart but for all the other families in the same situation too.”

The family, who moved to Emersons Green in January last year, are doing a virtual run from their former home in Elgin, Scotland, to  Royal Aberdeen Hospital, and finally to Bristol Children’s Hospital, covering 570 miles. Jamie, Eilidh and Stuart (when he is well enough) take part in junior parkruns while their parents do their miles with Emersons Green Running Club. 

 The family have been recording their runs on Map My Run and have recently crossed the border into England at the halfway point, with just over £12,000 raised so far. 

To support the Harding family fundraising campaign, visit their Virgin Money Giving Page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SomeoneSpecial/StuartHarding