Grantham mum and son fund hospital playroom at Nottingham’s QMC

Harry and Joni Pulfrey
Harry and Joni Pulfrey
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A mother and son were guests of honour at the opening ceremony of a new playroom at the Queen’s Medical Centre, which was built using money they had donated.

Joni Pulfrey, of Goldsmith Road in Grantham, held a number of fund-raisers shortly after her son Harry was diagnosed with cancer in 2009.

Harry with Sarah Ferguson.

Harry with Sarah Ferguson.

Despite raising funds for St Anne’s Primary School and the charity When You Wish Upon a Star, they were able to give £6,000 to the QMC in Nottingham as a way of thank you for all their care and support.

With the help of the Rotary Club and other local organisations the final amount enabled a new playroom to be built and new toys bought for the children’s ward.

Mrs Pulfrey said: “I thought it would be nice for everyone to hear where the money eventually went and I would just like to say thank you to everyone who donated and supported us. The money has been sat in the bank for a while so it is nice to finally be able to tell people how it has been used. We had a lot of support from people including the Rotary club and a local line-dancing group. We are really proud of the playroom and really proud of Harry.”

Harry, who officially named the playroom Harry’s Den, was invited with his mum to its official opening last month, where he met the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson and singer/actor Roger Daltrey from The Who.

The revamped ward

The revamped ward

Harry now 12, was born with a condition called Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome, which led to him contracting cancer of the kidney.

Following a course of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, he is in remission, however, his condition means he will be a regular face at the children’s oncology ward until he is at least 18 years old.

Mrs Pulfrey added: “It’s all been very positive and the staff at the QMC have just been a fantastic support. We are there every six months.”