Brave Harvey steps up to receive honour

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LITTLE Harvey Young stole the show at the mayor-making ceremony in Fareham.

Holding his mum’s hand and using a walking stick, the four-year-old bravely climbed up the stairs of the Ferneham Hall stage to collect the young person of the year award.

Harvey Young with  outgoing mayor Susan Bayford

Harvey Young with outgoing mayor Susan Bayford

The Titchfield boy suffers from spastic diplegia cerebral palsy and has only recently started walking after receiving treatment in America.

His mum Natalie, 36, said her eyes welled up as she walked up with her son to the sound of huge applause.

She told The News: ‘It’s fantastic. This time last year he wouldn’t have been able to do that at all.

‘He had a little set of wheel frames which he used most of his upper body strength to enable him to move.

‘To see him come from that point to this point to accept an award from the mayor is amazing.

‘He’s worked so hard over the past year with his physiotherapy to build up his muscles in his legs to enable him to do what he did.

‘It brought a tear to my eye, it was fantastic.’

Cllr Susan Bayford was mayor of Fareham until yesterday. She awarded Harvey the honour.

29/5/14   ''David Norris who is the new Mayor of Fareham with wife and Mayoress Pamela Norris''Picture: Paul Jacobs (141614-1) PPP-140529-163449001

29/5/14 ''David Norris who is the new Mayor of Fareham with wife and Mayoress Pamela Norris''Picture: Paul Jacobs (141614-1) PPP-140529-163449001

She said Harvey was ‘highly deserving of special recognition’ after battling through physiotherapy and an operation at St Louis Children’s Hospital in America.

As reported, people in the area have rallied around Harvey, with friends, family and readers of The News raising more than £50,000.

Harvey’s honour comes as Cllr Bayford officially left her position as mayor yesterday, with the new mayor of Fareham Cllr David Norris taking up the ceremonial role.

Liberal Democrat Cllr Norris has been on the council for 22 years and represents Portchester East at the authority.

He has chosen to support The Rowans Hospice and the Stubbington Ark as his mayoral charities.

Speaking to The News he said: ‘I’m looking forward to meeting a lot of people and promoting Fareham and raising money for charities.

‘The Rowans serves this community and the surrounding community and the Ark needs a lot of money to refurbish.’

Cllr Norris added he’s had a couple of animals from the Stubbington Ark before.

The mayoress for 2013-14 is his wife Pamela.

The deputy mayor is Cllr Michael Ford and the deputy mayoress his wife Anne Ford.

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