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Harrison Cummins presented with award by Ashford Mayor

By Aidan Barlow

An inspirational schoolboy has been recognised by a Mayor after raising thousands of pounds for charity in memory of his mum.

Harrison Cummins, of Ashford Preparatory School, started raising money for the Pilgrims Hospice in 2015, where his mum Holly Loudon was being treated.

She lived to see nine-year-old Harrison raise £13,000 in his first year before she sadly died of a brain tumour, aged just 29.

But Harrison has continued to host cake sales and tea parties through Harrison’s Super Cafe to raise the cash, taking his total up to £25,000 so far.

Mayor of Ashford Cllr Winston Michael presents the award to nine-year-old Harrison Cummins
Mayor of Ashford Cllr Winston Michael presents the award to nine-year-old Harrison Cummins

So Ashford Mayor Cllr Winston Michael decided that Harrison was the perfect recipient of the newly created Achievement Award.

The Mayor said: “Harrison lost his mum, but has raised £25,000 in the past two years for the Pilgrims Hospice. He is an inspiration to us all, by drawing on his true inner strength to make what appears impossible become entirely possible.

“It is a privilege for the Ashford community to recognise Harrison’s immense courage, determination, generosity and community spirit.”

Harrison’s efforts have also earned him the United Learning Young Fundraiser Award last year, which he collected at the House of Lords.

Dad Peter Cummins said: “I’m very proud and very pleased for him. It is mind blowing what he has achieved.

Dad Peter with Harrison at a tea party held in 2015.
Dad Peter with Harrison at a tea party held in 2015.

“He saw from his own experience the help that they gave at the hospice, it was second to none. They looked after him just as much as they did his mum.

“His fundraising is something really positive for him to focus on, and helps to keep his head above water.”

Harrison’s next event will be held at his school on Saturday, December 9 from 10am to 2pm, and will include a raffle, auction, cakes and refreshments.

Cllr Winston Michael is now on the lookout for other worthy recipients of an Achievement Award, for more information visit the council website www.ashford.gov.uk.

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