Helping Harrysson to move again

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It has been a massive struggle for seven-year-old Harrysson Wright from the moment he was born, a battle he has been steadily losing to the point where he is no longer able to walk – but help is on the way thanks to a group of Maldon Freemasons and the larger Essex Community.

Harrysson’s Mum Karly who lives in Heybridge, desperate to help her son regain mobility, launched an appeal to raise £10,000 to buy a specially adapted motorised wheelchair. So far, she has collected £3,000 with £1,000 coming from the Beeleigh Abbey Masonic Lodge which meets at Maldon supported by the Essex Freemasons Community Fund.

Money from the Freemasons was channelled to Karly via another Maldon Charity, the Joseph Henry Unwin Fund which has been assisting local residents in need for more than 100 years - and it is now hoped that with further help from the local community, the £10,000 target will soon be reached.

“Harrysson was born with kidney problems, has suffered with sepsis and now has a form of cerebral palsy,” said Karly. “He has had to battle from the day he was born to the point where he can no longer put one of his feet onto the ground. This in turn is now causing problems with his hips which is why he desperately needs a motorised wheelchair.”

“One has been ordered but cannot be delivered until we have raised £10,000 and I so grateful to everyone who has contributed. Every day we get a little closer.”

Beeleigh Abbey Lodge was alerted to Karly’s Appeal by the Joseph Henry Unwin Fund. Lodge member Martin Harvey, commented: “Because our Lodge is very much part of the local community it has always been the wish of our members to support good causes in our area. When we heard about Karly we were happy to make a donation and hope that she will reach her target as soon as possible.”

The £1,000 donation was symbolically handed over to the fund in a short ceremony outside of the Maldon Masonic Centre attended by Peter Richardson and Martin Harvey, from Beeleigh Abbey, Martin Howse, Assistant Provincial Grand Master for Essex and Bryan Harker and Mark Heard from the Joseph Henry Unwin Fund.

Paul Palmer

Group Communications Officer
Provincial Grand Lodge of Essex