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Art student Harry sells his paintings to raise funds for hospice

Despite suffering from a rare genetic disorder, art student Harry Luxton has overcome adversity and is raising money for a children’s charity.

Harry, 18, who is studying A Levels in Fine Art, Photography and History, has sold several of his paintings to collect more than £900 so far for the Haven House Children’s Hospice in Woodford Green.

A former student at Redden Court School, Harry, from Harold Wood, has Duchenne muscular dystrophy which causes progressive muscle degeneration and weakness, meaning he has been confined to a wheelchair since the age of 11. The condition also makes it difficult to use his hands.

But far from feeling sorry for himself, Harry is putting his talents to good use by selling some of his striking and beautiful artwork – a mix of vibrant, contemporary pieces that he has created with acrylic paints – to raise funds for the hospice which has helped support him through his difficulties.

Harry, who wants to study Art at university when he leaves Havering Sixth Form College next year, has benefited from respite care at the hospice. He said: “The hospice has really supported and helped me. I thought it was going to be quite a boring place, but it’s actually great. The people have helped me with my confidence and there is always someone to talk to if you have a problem.

“I thought that displaying my paintings would be a good way to get them noticed and then when people asked me if I was selling them, I thought that would be a good way to raise some money. I can’t believe I have raised £900 so far!”

Harry’s mum Joanne says: “The hospice is an amazing place and I’m so happy Harry has had the opportunity to go there. He really enjoys himself at Haven House and it has been lovely to see him come out of his shell and develop confidence.”

Popular student Harry says his time at College has been great and he is really enjoying his studies. He gets fantastic support from our care team in The Zone and he has made many friends.

Main photo:  Scott Roberts, Romford Recorder


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