We Can Do It awards: Harley overcomes disabilities to give back to charity

A YOUNG adult from Portsmouth has overcome all the odds to give something back to a charity that has supported him for his entire life.

Harley Salter, 23, was the recipient of this year’s Spirit of Youth award at The News’ We Can Do It awards evening at South Parade Pier on Monday.

Spirit of Youth winner Harley Salter with his family. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Spirit of Youth winner Harley Salter with his family. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Harley, who has a number of disabilities, abseiled down the Spinnaker Tower earlier this year while dressed as Spiderman, to raise money for Enable Ability, a charity that has supported him throughout his life.

He said: ‘I really hoped I would win the award, but I wasn’t sure that I would.

‘It caught me by surprise when they read out my name.

‘Winning the award has really inspired me to do more – I never want to stop helping Enable Ability because they have done so much for me.'

At the same time, Harley has been forced to adapt to having a prosthetic leg – but hasn’t let any of the challenges he’s faced bring him down.

Harley’s mother, Vanessa Salter, added: ‘I’m absolutely over the moon for Harley, he really deserves the recognition after facing his fears to do something amazing for people who have done so much for him.

‘I had a tear in my eye as he went to collect the award – I’m just so amazed at how much he has had to overcome in the past year.

‘I love my son with all my heart and am so proud of what he has achieved.’