Stars backing charity's bid for £250,000
Famous faces from Leicestershire sport and music are calling on Mercury readers to back a charity's bid to win £250,000.
Katherine and Jamie Staples' charity, The Harley Staples Cancer Trust, has made it through to the final of a national competition – which has put them a step closer to their dream of setting up a holiday home for poorly youngsters.
But the couple, from Blaby, need the public to vote for their charity to win the top prize of a £250,000 house.
Stars including Chris Edwards from Kasabian, Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson and former Leicestershire and England cricketer Paul Nixon are urging people to support the charity.
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Kasabian's bass player Chris said: "I've known Kat and Jamie for a few years now and I know how hard they have pushed for Harley's charity to be what they have longed for it to be.
"What they are trying to achieve is amazing.
"I have visited the Teenage Cancer Trust's wards that have been purposely built for children and they are fantastic but they are still hospitals and children need to feel comfortable within there environment. Harley's House will provide them with this."
Harley died in November 2009 when he was eight years old after being diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia 10 months earlier.
His parents Katherine and Jamie set up the charity after his death and have so far raised £250,000 towards a target of £500,000.
If the charity won the £250,000 house in the competition run by Persimmon Homes that would complete their total and allow them to set up Harley's House.
It would be a holiday home in Leicestershire to give other young cancer sufferers time away from hospitals.
Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson urged all City fans to vote for the trust.
He said: "I fully support the Staples and what they are trying to achieve.
"It would be fantastic if all our fans showed their support by voting every day for the Harley Trust."
Leicester City ambassador Alan Birchenall said: "I had the privilege of meeting Harley. I was able to show him behind the scenes at Leicester City. He was a lovely lad and this would be a fitting tribute to him."
Former England and Leicestershire cricket star Paul Nixon said: "This is a wonderful chance for the people of the county to help realise this couple's dream."
The overall winner of the Persimmon Homes competition will be announced on September 27.
Katherine said: "We would love to win this so we can achieve our dream."