Streets ahead for Harley fund
A boy who died of cancer is continuing to leave a lasting legacy after a development company pledged to raise thousands of pounds in his memory – and also name a street after him.
The name Harley Staples is already widely known across Leicestershire thanks to fund-raising by his parents, Katherine and Jamie, to support other children going through similar ordeals.
In September, the charity they set up in honour of the eight-year-old – The Harley Staples Cancer Trust – picked up £250,000 after winning the public vote in a national competition by Persimmon Homes to find a worthy charity to support.
Now, the north Midlands branch of the company, which covers Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and south Staffordshire, and is based at Meridian business park, Braunstone, has chosen to make the trust its charity of the year. This will hopefully raise a further £10,000 through various fund-raising events.
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The branch has also named a development after the youngster. Harleys Place, a development of two, three and four-bedroom homes, will be built in Bagworth.
Katherine, of Blaby, said she was thrilled the company was continuing to support Harley's charity.
"It's absolutely brilliant, we're both really pleased," she said.
"We can't thank Persimmon Homes enough for its ongoing generosity and support. No words can describe how much this truly means to us."
Harley died from a rare form of leukaemia in November 2009, after being diagnosed at the beginning of the year.
Katherine and Jamie are hoping to raise enough money through his charity to build Harley's House – a holiday home in Leicestershire, to give young cancer sufferers time away from hospitals and treatment.
Thanks to the Persimmon win, they have £500,000 to pay for a building or a plot of land.
The couple are now looking in the Market Bosworth area – one of Harley's favourite places in Leicestershire.
"There's a couple of plots we're looking at," said Katherine. "It's all going well."
Persimmon bosses said Harley's was the only charity they considered when picking a cause to support for 2013.
Paul Hurst, managing director for Persimmon Homes North Midlands, said a number of fund-raising activities would be held in support of the charity throughout the year.
"We are delighted to announce the Harley Staples Cancer Trust as our nominated charity for the year," he said. "Both Katherine and Jamie impressed everyone at Persimmon Homes with their charity efforts and we are pleased to offer our continued support."
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