Crawley firm helps dad say thanks for son’s treatment

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Godfrey was full of praise for his colleagues and his employer, who not only helped him raise the money but ensured he had enough time off to spend with his son.

Henry Haire, 5, was born with Posterior Urethral Valves – a rare condition which affects only one in 8,000 boys – which left his urethra blocked, making it difficult for him to pass urine.

Despite surgery at the Evilina Children’s Hospital, in London, Henry still has severe kidney and bladder damage and has to be fed through a tube.

But his dad, Godfrey, was so grateful to the medical staff for the efforts they made to ensure his son survived, he set about raising money for the hospital.

The total amount he has raised has topped £22,000, thanks in no small part to the help he received from his work mates.

Their latest contribution was £245 raised during a collection at the Checkatrade.com stadium on match day.

Godfrey, 38, a senior branch manager at Cubitt & West, in the High Street, was full of praise for his colleagues and his employer, who not only helped him raise the money but ensured he had enough time off to spend with his son.

Godfrey said: “Work have been amazing. They have given me a lot of time off and a lot of understanding.

“My performance levels dropped to zero for a year. They have been truly amazing over the past five years.”

Henry spent his first and fourth birthdays in hospital.

He has had one of his kidneys removed, while the other only works at 15 per cent efficiency, meaning he will have to undergo a transplant in the future. He spent three weeks in hospital after enduring a 12-hour operation to have his bladder reconstructed using part of his bowel.

Despite handing over a cheque for £22,000 to the Evilina Hospital, Godfrey has no intention of halting his fundraising quest.

He will be taking on the London 100 bike ride in August, which will see him tackle 100 miles of the steepest hills in the south east. Then he will take part in the Blenhiem Palace Triathlon and finish with the Color Run around the Olympic Stadium.

To sponsor Godfrey, log on to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/bikeandrun