Gym fundraises for boy’s treatment

A PORTISHEAD gym will help raise money to pay for pioneering treatment for a young boy with cancer.

Staff at the Fitness Hub have chosen to support the Harvey Hext appeal throughout 2012 and their fundraising will begin on Saturday when 10 members aim to complete 5,000 press-ups in one hour.

Harvey Hext, aged four, is the only young boy in the world known to suffer from both Down’s Syndrome and neuroblastoma, a rare type of cancer that attacks the nervous system.

So far Harvey, an identical twin from Winford, has undergone more than 100 days of chemotherapy, an operation to remove a tumour and has spent a month inside a lead-lined room undergoing radiotherapy. But the cancer is still with him, and his parents have now launched the Harvey Hext Appeal to raise �300,000 which could pay for pioneering treatment overseas.

The Fitness Hub in Harbour Road will hold an open day from 11am-2pm on Saturday, when the fundraising challenge will take place and the gym will be re-launched under the ownership of world kickboxing champion Andy Cleeves. Special guests will also include other world champions and record holders from the sporting world.

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