December 9 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 24, 2013
A recently bereaved teenager from Suffolk has been described as a “credit to the human race” after raising thousands of pounds for charity in his mother’s memory.
Stowmarket resident Harvey Mcsloy had been supporting cancer charities ever since his mother was diagnosed with the disease four years ago.
But after her death in July, the 19-year-old construction worker focused his fundraising attention on Trust Maria – an organisation he created as a lasting tribute in his mother’s name.
“It was heartbreaking to lose my mum as you don’t really expect it to happen to you,” he said. “She was a really fit woman so for her to be just struck down with cancer was devastating.”
Determined to stay positive after Maria’s death, the teenager set himself the target of raising £10,000 in the charity’s first year.
And just three months in, Trust Maria has already raised more than £4,000 through regular events, including, most recently, a 24-hour pool marathon at the Gladstone Arms in Stowmarket.
Balancing his studies at Anglia Ruskin University with a full-time job, Harvey has amazed friends and family with his selfless drive and determination to find time for the charity work.
Donna Cole, whose daughter Sapphire is in a relationship with Harvey, said: “He is an amazing young man and a credit to the human race.”
His father, Peter, has also been bowled over by his efforts.
He said: “He’s made me so proud.”
But Harvey insisted: “I’ve always had the belief that if in life you can’t help other people then there’s not much point in being here. That’s the way I was brought up and if I was in the same situation I’d like to think there were people who would try to help me.”
Trust Maria is hosting a Christmas party fundraiser at the Riverside snooker club in Stowmarket on December 20.
To find out more about the charity and how to donate visit www.trustmaria.org.uk