Cancer charity ‘Local Heroes’ meet ‘Red Ed’

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Teenage cancer charity fundraiser Harry King has been praised as a “local hero” by Ed Miliband when they met in Parliament last week.

The William Farr student from Dunholme and dad Andy were invited to the Labour leader’s office by his PPC for Gainsborough, David Prescott, after he and brother Alex raised over £28,000 in memory of their late mum Jules, who died from bowel cancer in 2012.

Harry set up the charity ‘Screw Cancer’ to raise funds for the St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice, the place that cared for Jules. She spent her last days promoting the hospice and Harry and Alex continued her work. The brothers have done 10K runs, run a cake stall, staged live music events and even shaved their hair.

Harry enjoyed meeting Ed Miliband, raising the need for extra support for end of life services. The politics student will just miss out on voting by a month, but will be standing for the Liberal Democrats in a school election.

“I haven’t made up my mind (which party I’d support). I’d give Ed a chance. You can’t choose your vote on how someone looks. He was more authoritative and confident than portrayed in the media.”

But dad Andy is “a big fan” of former deputy-PM John Prescott, who supported his son by taking Harry and Andy around the Commons and its bar. They also met other Labour MPs, the ‘highlight’ for Andy being Glenda Jackson.