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Little Harvey needs your help to fund therapy and a chair which could make all the difference

By Claire Williamson

He's the determined four-year-old who is defying the odds – but he needs your help to walk.

Harvey McClelland from Bangor was born 10 weeks early and suffered bleeds to his brain.

The four-year-old was diagnosed with quadriplegic cerebral palsy – the most severe type of cerebral palsy which affects all of his limbs and body movements.

Harvey requires 24-hour care, is wheelchair-dependent and relies on specialist equipment.

His parents Lisa and Ryan were told it would be unlikely for him to walk or crawl in the future but the little boy hopes one day to be able to walk.

Recently he attended a "life-changing" therapy session, but the expense has drained funds raised via their Just Giving page.

Now the McClelland family are appealing for help to keep Harvey progressing.

Alongside his condition, Harvey begun taking seizures at night when he can often become unconscious and has daily issues to contend with such as sight and feeding problems.

Both Lisa and her husband had to leave work to care for Harvey.

"In all of his daily challenges he just gets on with it and is always smiling," Lisa said. "Nothing gets in his way, he's so determined in himself – so we are trying to keep fighting for him to get him stuff he needs."

They are fundraising for a PPod chair, which is a specially designed chair that helps children with physical disabilities relax, and costs around £600.

In addition to this, Harvey recently completed one week of therapy called Bobath.

The therapy, which is based in London, was in Northern Ireland for a one-off and has given Harvey's family renewed hope. "Harvey responded 110%. We are really keen to continue what we have learnt from that week of therapy until he is seen again," Lisa said. "But it's a lot of money £700-£800 for the week.

"So, depending on funds, we can commute to London for a week if he (the therapist) happens to not come back because he has opened up so many doors in the last two weeks of different movements, position strategies for Harvey to sit in and to improve his posture, skills and speech and language."

To help raise funds Bangor PSNI is holding a charity football match at Clandeyboye Park tomorrow at noon against the local solicitor's team.

Constable Owen Forsythe from Bangor PSNI said: "We met with Lisa and Harvey and we just wanted to do something to help."

To make a donation or to find out more information visit www.justgiving.com/lisa-mcclelland-. The charity football match takes place at Bangor Football Ground tomorrow at noon.

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