7 year old Sussex author raises funds for Heads On

7-year-old Harry Law from Billingshurst has raised nearly £2,000 for Heads On by selling a book he both wrote and illustrated.

The book, called ‘The Lost Diamonds of the Underground’, follows the story of a snake, an armadillo and a tiger who find a map to lost treasure in the Congo.

Harry was inspired to write his book after watching Captain Tom raise millions for the NHS by walking laps of his garden in Bedfordshire in the run up to his 100th birthday.

Alison Palmer, Harry’s mum, said: “Harry loved watching Captain Tom’s fundraising amount go up and up and had been looking for a way to raise money for the NHS.

“Harry said he wanted to write and illustrate his ideas and then sit outside the front of our house trying to sell it to passers-by – which we didn’t think that was a good idea as he definitely wouldn’t keep 2m apart – but we did think that would be a very big challenge for him and a good way to raise money. We were hoping to raise £100!

“It took Harry hours and hours to complete but he was very determined.

“We are immensely proud that Harry wanted to do something to help other people and we can’t believe the support he has received from friends, family, Wisborough Green School and local community.”

Both of Harry’s parents work in the NHS, so this was a cause close to Harry’s heart. Harry said: “I want to raise as much money as possible for the frontline workers, I hope it can help them feel better. It must have been very scary for them and they did and are doing a great job helping us.

“I couldn’t believe it when Captain Tom Moore liked my Dad’s post [On Twitter] and I’m really happy other boys and girls have said they want to write books too now!”

The whopping £1,800 Harry raised will be put in our Covid-19 Relief Fund, which will be used to help both staff and service users during this tricky time.

If you would like a copy of the book, you can email alipalm@gmail.com, and if you would like to make a donation, you can do so directly to our Covid-19 Relief Fund here.

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