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Damon’s run will remember Neil and help Danny to hear

Damon Hurrell who is doing the Great North Run in memory of friend Neil Barnes. Pictured with him are Neil's parents Robin and Rosemarie

Damon Hurrell who is doing the Great North Run in memory of friend Neil Barnes. Pictured with him are Neil's parents Robin and Rosemarie

A Soham man is helping a young boy hear again by taking part in a run in memory of his best friend Neil Barnes who died 10 years ago.

Neil , 34, lost his life in a car accident outside Burwell in October 2004 and now Damon Hurrell, 44 is taking part in the Great North Run to mark the anniversary of Neil’s death.

Damon wants to raise £500 towards the Help Me Hear Appeal raising money for specialist surgery for Danny Pickard, three, who was born without auditory nerves, a condition known as CHARGE syndrome.

Danny is undergoing an auditory brain stem implant costing £65,000.

Neil was best man to Danny’s father Paul and Neil’s parents Robin and Rosemarie from Burwell have asked that the money should go towards the appeal for Danny,

Robin said: “Neil was always full of life and we think he would have liked young Danny to benefit from Damon’s efforts. Damon and Neil spent all their childhood together and were very close friends.”

Danny’s mum Helen said: “We are so chuffed that Damon is doing this for Danny and in memory of Neil who was a close friend as well as best man at our wedding. We still miss him dearly.”

To support Damon’s run on September 7 go to www.helpmehear.info or obtain a sponsor form at Tina’s in Burwell, St Mary’s Church, CentrePeace or the Post Office in Burwell.

 

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