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Pupils raise funds in memory of East Arsdley schoolboy

WELL DONE Harrys mum Pam (centre) and Cody Hartley (far right) thanked pupils Priya Williams, Thomas Sherburn, Mason Smith and headteacher Ali Elvidge for their efforts.(d642a348)

WELL DONE Harrys mum Pam (centre) and Cody Hartley (far right) thanked pupils Priya Williams, Thomas Sherburn, Mason Smith and headteacher Ali Elvidge for their efforts.(d642a348)

Pupils at the school which an East Ardsley boy attended before he was tragically killed in an accident have been raising money in his memory.

Harry Whitlam, 11, was seriously injured in August when he was involved in a collision with a tractor at Swithens Farm in Rothwell.

He died later at Leeds General Infirmary despite surgery to treat his injuries.

Since then, his friends and former classmates at Oakwood Pupils Support Centre in Leeds have been raising money in his memory and donating it to his friend, Cody Hartley.

Cody has already raised money for three defibrillators for local schools and community facilities, one of which helped young Harry.

The defibrillator got his heart beating again after the accident, and helped keep him alive long enough for him to be taken to hospital.

But sadly, Harry did not survive surgery.

Cody, who has won awards for her fundraising efforts, hopes to raise awareness about the importance of defibrillator machines, especially for young people as it is often believed heart problems only affect older generations.

To help fund more defibrillators for local schools, pupils at Oakwood took part in a sponsored walk and raised £355 in the process.

Harry’s mum, Pam, took Cody along to the school to visit the pupils and thank them for their hard work and thoughtful donation.

Pam said: “The school has been so good.

“They planted a tree in Harry’s memory shortly after he died and have now been raising money in his memory.

“Harry did so well while he was a pupil there. They got him through his SATS and prepared him for high school.

“They have been great. It’s only a small school so for them to raise that amount of money is absolutely fantastic.”

 

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