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SEREN STEPS UP FOR FRIEND - Seren, 10, ran each day to raise funds for Harvey, 6
Seren Griffiths, left, ran one and a half miles each day for 30 days to raise money and awareness for Harvey, right, who has tuberous sclerosis complex. Seren has been friends with Harvey’s older brother Jayden for years and she wanted to help out however she could PICTURE: OLLIE YOUNG
14th July 2021
By Ollie Young
A 10-year old girl from Bodmin has become an inspiration after completing an epic challenge to raise awareness and money for a cause close to her heart.
Seren Griffiths has been running one and a half miles a day to support a close family friend, Harvey, aged six, who has tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC).
TSC is a rare genetic condition that causes mainly tumours to develop in different parts of the body. The tumours most often affect the brain, skin, kidneys, heart, eyes and lungs.
Seren has been best friends with Harvey’s older brother, Jayden, since she was two, and has helped Harvey and his family during the last few difficult years.
Harvey’s mum, Lynda O’Neill told the Voice: “Harvey was diagnosed with TSC when he was 14 months old. “He had a prolonged seizure and was put in an induced coma and was told he wasn’t going to make it and scans revealed that he had tumours on his brain. “
“Seren helped Jayden through a really tough time, they were five when they found out and it was really tough on Jayden but she was just amazing with him. “
“Jayden has had to put up with so much and Seren helped him out so much and was amazing to him throughout this, she has always been there.”
“It means a lot knowing that she has done this all and knowing she had Harvey in her thoughts the whole time.”
Seren ran the one and a half miles for 30 days, finishing today (Wednesday) and raising an astonishing £750 so far, for the tuberous sclerosis association (TSA).
The youngster revealed to the Voice that she did not expect to raise so much money through the challenge. “I didn’t think I would raise this much money, I set myself the target of £500 but I didn’t even think I would get that much,” she said.
“It’s been kind of tiring, I have really enjoyed it and I am proud of myself, I’m actually doing more than I need to be doing. I’m really glad to be helping Harvey, I have even researched how much money will do what, £10 can send a support pack to a family.”
When she grows up, Seren wants to be a paediatric nurse and her mum, Ceri, explained that she has always had a caring nature about her. She added: “I am really proud of her and it’s just the way she is, she is so caring. “
“It’s been a really tough year for us all and a really bad time with covid so it’s been awful, but she has been brilliant - although there have been some tantrums and tears along the way. “
“Everyone has been so supportive and Bodmin has been right behind her. It’s great because we all see what Linda has to go through, she does so much. She is the real inspiration, she barely sleeps, it is massive what she deals with.”
To donate to Seren’s efforts, visit her JustGiving page or search for it on Facebook.