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Harry and mum take to the kitchen for charity
A YOUNGSTER will be donning an apron and grabbing his mixing bowl to repay a charity which helped him when he was ill.
Harry Kemp, who celebrates his 12th birthday today, is taking part in the Bake-A-Wish campaign which will involve him and his mum making cakes and other treats for their family and friends.
Harry was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in October last year. He is now in remission but when he was ill the Make-a-Wish Foundation made it possible for him to ride in the cab of a high speed Virgin train between London and Crewe.
Taking part in the campaign is Harry’s way of saying thank you.
“The Make-A-Wish Foundation were really good when I was ill and I want to do this so other children can enjoy themselves,” said Harry.
“It was great when I got to ride in the train so I want to be able to let someone else have that chance.
“I have done some baking before but this time we’re going to be making lots of different types of cakes.”
Later this month, Harry and his mother Emma, 40, will be baking a variety of items, from cup cakes to chocolate brownies which they will then sell to family and friends.
Any money raised will then be given to the charity.
“Harry loved his trip on the train so this is a really nice way of giving something back,” said Emma, a charity human resource officer.
“Since getting better we have been going around saying thank you to all the charities which helped him and Make-Wish were fantastic.
“I am a very keen baker so I thought this would be something which would be great to get involved with.”
Despite her own experience at baking, Emma believes when the time comes to start baking it is her son who will be in charge She said: “I have spent a lot of time in the kitchen with the children as they have grown up but I’m sure Harry will be giving out the orders when we start. He has a good knowledge and I’m certain he will be the first to try the cakes when they are ready.”
It has been a busy time for Harry, who also started St Joseph’s College yesterday, and he has spent much of the summer with his family.
“Harry went back to school a few weeks before the summer holiday so it was a bit hectic for him catching up,” said Emma.
“When he was ill there was not much we could do as a family with hospital visits and Harry was often not well enough to go out so we have been spending some quality time together.”
Harry does not plan on stopping at the baking to raise funds and is considering taking up running so he can take part in a half marathon.
To get involved in the Bake-A-Wish campaign or for more information visit http://www.make-a-wish.org.uk/bake/ or call 01276 40 50 80.
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