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Inspiring Alford pupil recognised in parliament for fundraising efforts

By Kirsty Brown

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A schoolboy who lost his sight after undergoing surgery to remove a brain tumour has been recognised in parliament for raising thousands of pounds for charity.

MSP for Aberdeenshire West, Alexander Burnett, has asked the Scottish Parliament to congratulate 13 year-old Theo Harvey for raising more than £7,500 for the Guide Dogs For The Blind charity while continuing to overcome personal obstacles.

The Alford Academy pupil completely lost his sight in 2016 after undergoing surgery to remove a brain tumour, but the courageous teen didn’t let this get him down and he continued to fundraise for the charity through craft fairs, sponsored cycling and other events.

Following his efforts Theo was awarded a Cornwell Scout Badge, one of the most prestigious awards available from the Scouts Association.

He now hopes to one day be placed with a dog of his own to help him keep his independence as well as his ongoing commitment to the Scouts.

Theo Harvey has been presented with the Cornwell Scout Badge.
Theo Harvey has been presented with the Cornwell Scout Badge.

Commenting Mr Burnett said Theo is an inspiration for others battling sight issues, describing his fundraising work as “exemplary”.

He said: “Theo has shown that whatever life puts in front of you, there is always a positive to come out of it and he is a fine example of that.

“He has shown great courage and determination for someone so young who has had to face so much.

“Theo is an inspiration to those who may face similar issues and his work will continue to help others to overcome these circumstances.

“His fundraising has been exemplary and I’m honoured to recognise him in the Scottish Parliament.

“The work Guide Dogs for the Blind charity does for a variety of people with different sight issues is vital and it would be fantastic for Theo to have a dog of his own.

“I wish Theo all the very best for the future.”

You can donate to Theo’s fundraiser here: bit.ly/3pm3opl

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