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Bagshot toddler pedals for charity

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Bagshot toddler pedals for charity

Published by Lettie Buxton at 6:00am 26th April 2020. (Updated at 8:37am 27th April 2020)

A two-year-old boy from Bagshot is setting off on a challenge for charity today (26 April).

Harry Thwaites will be riding 26 laps of a car park outside his home in support of the charity he fronts, Harry’s Hydrocephalus Awareness Trust (Harry's HAT).

He has the condition, which is also known as water on the brain, and has already had four brain surgeries and lives with a permanent shunt, which drains the excess fluid from his brain into his tummy.

Harry Thwaites challenge

Harry is aiming to raise £500 towards funding frontline NHS doctors and nurses to access training, which they currently have to pay for themselves.

His bike ride is part of the national 2.6 Challenge, which is calling on people to complete an activity based on the number 2.6 or 26 and donate to charity, in lieu of this year's London Marathon.

The campaign aims to "save the UK's charities" amidst the coronavirus outbreak.

Harry's mum and founder of the charity, Caroline said he has been busy practising on his balance bike:

"He's raring to go!

"He's got a special helmet that he has to wear which protects the shunt that's in his head, so he's got that on as well and he's been going up and down.

"He's really excited.

"He's got two older brothers and an older sister, and they're going to help him along."

Caroline added they set the charity up because "we wanted to make sure there is access to research to make life better for children like him".

They are also trying to raise awareness of the condition, for which there is currently no cure.

To support Harry's 2.6 challenge visit the JustGiving page.