Running for Harrison: couple’s big challenge to help improve life for disabled son

CHALLENGE: Jon and Jo Dilling with Harrison

CHALLENGE: Jon and Jo Dilling with Harrison

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A DORSET couple is putting best feet forward in a bid to help improve the life of their disabled son.

Little Harrison Dilling, five, has quadriplegic cerebral palsy and is completely wheelchair bound.

His parents, Jon and Jo, who live in Glenmoor Road, Ferndown with Harrison and his brother Reece, seven, set up Harrison’s Trust Fund to raise money for whatever equipment and treatment the little boy may need.

They are now focused on collecting £5,000 towards for a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV) and have signed up to take part in the Tough Mudder race near Henley on April 27.

Jo said: “It’s about his dignity. Harrison is now five and he just doesn’t want to be carried in and out of the car each and every time – what five-year-old would?”

Jo and Jon’s friends and family have been busy fundraising, reaching almost half the £5,000 target, but the couple now want to do their bit.

The Tough Mudder, a 12-mile run involving mud, swamps, electric shocks and other obstacles, is described as a ‘hardcore’ event, designed by the Special Forces.

Jon said: “Lots of friends and family have done little bits and bobs, but we wanted to do something together.”

Jo added: “This is going to be a big challenge in terms of us raising the money, so it needed to be something equally challenging physically.

“Despite how hard it’s going be, we’re actually looking forward to it, knowing we’ll be helping our little man. Going to the gym and training is part of my life.

“I’m not afraid to tell it how it is because it’s not rosy all the time – our life is completely different to the average person’s because of him.

“We’ve had a lot of tears and a lot of frustration and the tears aren’t always his, but we have a lot of fun.”

n To donate to Harrison’s Trust Fund, visit harrisonstrustfund.co.uk/ donate.php or email info@harrison trustfund.co.uk To find out more about Harrison and the Trust Fund, please visit facebook.com/harrisonstrustfund

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