Vote now and help the Harley Staples Cancer Trust win £250,000
The parents of a little boy who died of cancer are in touching distance of setting up a holiday home to help other poorly youngsters in his memory.
Katherine and Jamie Staples’ charity, The Harley Staples Cancer Trust, has made it through to the final of a national competition to win a £250,000 home.
The charity is now calling for public support to help secure the funding that will create a legacy for the brave little boy.
The competition, set-up by Persimmon Homes, will see The Harley Staples Cancer Trust compete as one of 24 finalists by representing the North Midlands region. The housebuilder launched the competition to celebrate its 40th anniversary.
Katherine said: "It's so exciting, but nerve-wracking as well. If we were to win, it would be like a dream come true. It would just be incredible."
Harley died in November 2009, when he was eight years old, after being diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia 10 months earlier.
Katherine and Jamie set up the charity after his death, and have so far raised £250,000.
Their dream is to set up a holiday home in Leicestershire to give other young cancer sufferers time away from hospitals and treatment.
"I don’t want to tempt fate by thinking we will win, but it would mean Harley's House would become a reality sooner rather than later, which would just be unbelievable,” continued Katherine.
"I think we would have to look into all the options available, if we were to win, but we really want to set something up in Leicestershire, so I think we would have to look at selling the home. We've just about got £250,000 now – half our target – so to get this and to be able to make up the full amount would just be so appropriate."
"The support we've had so far has just blown us away and we're so grateful for everything everyone's done. Now we're calling on everyone we can to please vote for us. We can't bring Harley back, but this would go a long way to helping other people.”
The Harley Staples Cancer Trust has already benefited from making the final, as all the finalists will receive a cash donation of £6,000. The overall winner, announced at a special Birthday lunch on 27 September 2012, will win a brand new three bedroom detached house valued at £250,000.
Paul Hurst, managing director of Persimmon Homes North Midlands, said deciding a winner for the region was extremely difficult: “As you can imagine, choosing 24 finalists out of a total of 3,500 nominations was very hard. There were some wonderful nominations and the whole panel was moved by so many brilliant good causes.
“The Harley Staples Cancer Trust really stood out for the panel. Harley was obviously an extremely brave boy and the work that’s been done since he sadly passed away is amazing. We’re delighted to at very least be handing over £6,000 to the charity, if not a brand new home if they get the most votes in our competition. We hope people in the region really get behind the charity and cast as many votes as possible.”
To vote for the Harley Staples Cancer Trust visit www.persimmonhomes.com/40
Voting is open until September 20. You are allowed one vote every day, so keep voting until then. The charity with the most votes will win a £250,000 property.
For more information about The Harley Staples Cancer Trust visit www.harleystaples.co.uk